UN, Arkansas nonprofit launch $4 million program for dairy farmers in E. Africa

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A United Nations agency is partnering with an Arkansas-based nonprofit group to launch a $4 million program for dairy farmers in East Africa.

The three-year initiative between the International Fund for Agricultural Development and Heifer International will set up dairy hubs to help farmers in Tanzania and Rwanda collect and sell their milk. The program will involve 3,850 families in the two countries.

Heifer International is contributing $2 million to the project. A $2 million grant will be provided by the specialized U.N. agency, which works to end rural poverty.

Half the funds will be spent in Zanzibar, Tanzania, where five dairy hubs will be established. The rest will set up six hubs in Rwanda. The participants will be men, women and youth living on less than $2 a day.


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