‘Amata’ is the word for milk in Kirundi, the national language of Burundi. The goal of Project Amata is to improve food security and nutrition through strengthening the milk value chain and to make safe and sustainable milk more accessible to school children and the community. Working closely with farmers, milk collection centers and others, the project will provide much-needed equipment and training in the key areas of livestock management and milk production.
Milk is one of the few sources of animal protein available to children in Burundi, but currently the country has the lowest frequency of milk consumption in East Africa. Building on the WFP-Kerry partnership and the success of Project Leche, in Honduras, this project will contribute towards food security and nutrition by improving access to and availability of milk in schools and the community.
Over the course of the three-year Project Amata programme, Kerry will provide extensive expertise from the Primary Dairy & Agribusiness and Applied Health & Nutrition teams to build additional capacity in Burundi and make a direct financial contribution of $750,000.
"We are delighted to be able to share our dairy, processing and nutrition expertise on Project Amata. This is an example of how Kerry, WFP and local agencies can work together towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger. It also provides a further concrete example of our ‘Better for Society’ social impact programme in action, helping to improve the health and nutrition of people in need."
—Edmond Scanlon, CEO, Kerry Group
"Project Leche helped bring safer, more nutritious meals to thousands of school children in Honduras. Equipped with Kerry’s unparalleled expertise in the area of sustainable nutrition, and following WFP’s previous work on milk production in Burundi, we can replicate those results here, improving the diets and lives of schoolchildren, farmers, entire communities."
—Housainou Taal, the WFP Representative and Country Director in Burundi