The dairy processing centre at Burera is one of several Community Processing Centres (CPCs) set up as public private partnerships in Rwanda. These are community based centres that link with farmers (directly or through local farmers cooperatives), researchers, input suppliers, credit services and markets. It serves around 25,000 cattle farmers in the Northern Province and processes milk to various products such as cheeses, yoghurt and fermented milk. The initial problems with milk supply and cash fl ow were overcome through the improved stakeholder communication that the CDAIS capacity needs assessment facilitated and the centre has been registered as a company (Burera Dairy Ltd). The business is developing and the CDAIS project will provide capacity development support to improve management systems, milk yields and quality. Under the crop intensification programme in Gatsibo district, this niche is located on approximately 925 hectares and involves around 1,545 farmers in irrigation, terracing, cropping, animal husbandry, feed and fodder production, artificial insemination, cooperative governance and innovation platform functioning. It aims to improve yields and livelihoods, building on previous partnerships and projects, by strengthening capacities to manage multistakeholder partnerships, to communicate and to engage successfully in agribusiness.
Providing capacity development and improving management systems, milk production, quality and marketing