Sybren Attema


Besides being a successful dairy farmer in the Netherlands, Mr Sybren Attema had a long career in the management of dairy cooperatives. As chairman of FrieslandFoods Mr. Attema played a key role in developing a merger with the cooperative dairy company Campina. In September 2010, Mr Attema and his wife decided to close their dairy farming business and to use their experiences in developing the dairy sector in emerging economies around the world. Since February 2011, Mr Attema became the global manager for FrieslandCampina’s Dairy Development Programme, based in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.



Abstract: Dairy development in practice from a processor’s point of view

Sybren Attema, Regional Dairy Development Manager, FrieslandCampina, 19 October 2016

The global population is expected to grow from 7.4 billion people in 2015 to more than 9 billion people in 2050. At this point in time, the food industry is not capable of feeding all these mouths with high-quality, sustainable and safe products. In light of the global challenges we are facing, FrieslandCampina is committed to actively participate in creating a future in which every person has access to the food they need for an active and healthy life. As such, we aim at not merely exporting Dutch dairy products, but also Dutch knowledge and expertise about dairy farming.

The Netherlands is globally recognized for its high quality and safe dairy products and high productivity. Needless to say, the Dutch know a thing or two about dairy farming. Safety and quality are the result of cooperation throughout the dairy chain. This cooperative spirit within the dairy sector also led to FrieslandCampina, one of the biggest dairy cooperatives in the world. FrieslandCampina exports a wide range of dairy products and ingredients to over 100 countries. However, we believe it is important that a portion of our raw materials are produced and purchased locally in order to stimulate local economies.

In the late eighties, FrieslandCampina began its Dairy Development Programme (DDP), the aim of which is to help small-scale dairy farmers in Asia and Africa manage their farms as efficiently as possible, raise the quantity and quality of their dairy production, improve the socio-economic position of these farmers and make rural communities more viable. In practice, this means providing them with the right knowledge and technology to make sure that from grass to glass quality is maintained.

We share knowledge through trainings and expert missions and support farmers in improving infrastructure throughout the dairy chain e.g. by finding milk cooling solutions. One of the programmes we set up together with our partner Agriterra is the Farmer2Farmer programme. Certified FrieslandCampina member dairy farmers train and advise local dairy farmers in developing countries on subjects in the field of animal health, fertility, calf rearing, milk quality and hygiene, feed and water management, housing, data management and milking techniques.

Via the DDP we share knowledge and award progress, which results in the Asian and African farmers who earn more and deliver more milk of higher quality. With DDP, FrieslandCampina wants to ensure current and future generations in developing country have access to high-quality, sustainable and safe dairy products.

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