Land O'Lakes International Development Fund
Land O’Lakes International Development established the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Land O’Lakes International Development Fund (IDF) to generate additional financial resources that would enhance the impact of its development work. Most of Land O’Lakes International Development’s work is made possible by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). However, even with these programs, the unmet needs in the communities in which we work are often tremendous. The Land O’Lakes International Development Fund implements programs made possible by non-U.S. government donors, and leads the public fundraising efforts for all of our programs.
Contributions to IDF enable us to maximize the impact of our programs by providing even more families and farmers in the countries where we work the tools and resources they need. We thank all our supporters for their generosity and for helping IDF further strengthen Land O’Lakes International Development’s important initiatives.
Examples of Our Achievements
- Addressing genetics constraints to dairy productivity – Although dairying is a proven route out of poverty, poor breeding practices and animal genetics constrain farmers’ opportunities. In Ethiopia and Tanzania, we are helping to establish more sustainable, efficient and effective private sector and government-led channels for delivering artificial insemination (AI) and related services to improve dairy cattle productivity, while stimulating significant private sector investments that will lead to the inclusive growth of East Africa’s dairy sector.
- Grain grinding mills in South Sudan – IDF purchased two mills that were placed in villages where we were implementing a livestock marketing project. The mills are reducing the burden of transporting grain – an effort typically borne by women - so that they can focus on income-generating activities and education.
- Business plan competition in Timor-Leste – IDF facilitated a business plan competition with cash awards for students of an agribusiness education and training program that we implemented. The awards provided winners the resources to cover start-up costs for their own businesses.
- Dairy farming in Malawi – IDF provided soya seeds and heifers to a program already assisting 5,000 dairy farming families.
Read more in our 2014 IDF Annual Report