Building partnerships and pooling complementary organizational strengths is the heart of EADD’s work. By bringing together different partners with a common objective, the project benefits from a combined set of knowledge, skills and networks, thus ensuring that the beneficiaries maximize the resources available in the dairy industry to improve productivity.

Heifer International

Heifer was founded in 1944 by a relief worker responding to the human suffering caused by the devastation of the Spanish Civil War. Dan West, an Indiana farmer, ladled milk to children and women daily; by midday, supplies of dried milk were gone, forcing many to leave hungry. Heifer International was conceived to move families beyond relief to sustainable selfreliance by providing them with the tools and resources needed to provide for themselves. Building on the experiences of six decades, Heifer is poised to meet the challenges presented in today’s developing countries. Heifer envisions a world of communities living in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet. Between 2000 and 2010, Heifer plans to directly assist 4.5 million women, girls, boys and men to achieve sustainable income and food security in an environmentally sound manner. Future plans are guided by an organizational strategic plan which includes the following areas of focus:

  • Building sustainable livelihoods and food systems
  • Promoting knowledge, skills and power
  • Influencing policies, systems and practices
  • Instituting organizational change

In 65 years, Heifer has provided assistance to more than 10.5 million families in more than 125 countries and 38 U.S. states. Heifer’s hallmark practice of passing on the gift has extended initial gifts of livestock and training to millions of people.

International Livestock Research Institute

ILRI works at the crossroads of livestock and poverty, bringing high-quality science and capacity-building to bear on poverty reduction and sustainable development for poor livestock keepers and their communities. ILRI works in partnership and alliance with other national and international organizations in livestock research, training and information. It works in all tropical developing regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. ILRI is a non-profit, intergovernmental organization with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, where a research team focused on improving market opportunities for smallholders in livestock and livestock product markets is also located. Under US tax law, ILRI is an international organization.

ILRI’s strategy focuses on three livestock-mediated pathways out of poverty: (1) securing the assets of the poor, (2) improving the productivity of their livestock systems, and (3) improving their market opportunities in the face of rapidly changing market channels and demands. ILRI’s research portfolio includes four issue-oriented themes:

  • Targeting and innovations
  • Improving market opportunities
  • Biotechnology to secure livestock assets
  • People, livestock and the environment

ILRI also manages the Systemwide Livestock Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).


TechnoServe was founded in 1968 by U.S. businessman Ed Bullard, a pioneer in private-enterprise approaches to solving poverty in the developing world. His key insight was that economic progress and sustainability required market-based solutions. He built TNS to help entrepreneurial men and women in the developing world build businesses that create income, opportunity and economic growth. TechnoServe remains true to that mission and to Bullard’s innovative spirit. The senior management team is led by the President/CEO in Washington, DC, with the Chief Financial Officer, Director of Human Resources and Vice President of Business Development located in Norwalk, CT. TechnoServe is organized into two field divisions; Africa and Latin America. The Africa and Latin America Regional Vice Presidents are located in Johannesburg, RSA, and Washington, DC, respectively. Each of the two divisions has permanent operations in five to 10 countries at any given time administered by country directors that report to the regional vice president. Current country offices include Colombia, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Peru, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.

African Breeders Services Total Cattle Management Limited (ABS TCM LTD)

ABS TCM is a distributor for American Breeders Services (ABS Global), the world leader in bovine genetics and artificial breeding technology. ABS TCM brings to EADD high quality genetics (semen), training and support services and will help farmers increase their incomes by providing a total cattle management package.

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

The World Agroforestry Centre is part of The Alliance of the CGIAR Centres — a global network of 15 centres, funded by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ICRAF’s vision is to transform Agroforestry in the developing world through a massive increase in the use of working trees on working landscapes by smallholder rural households that helps ensure security in food, nutrition, health, fodder, shelter and energy, income and a regenerated environment. ICRAF brings to EADD a wide expertise in developing feed systems and feed options and dissemination of this knowledge to farmers.