Engro Foundation, the social development arm of Engro Corporation, manages social investments on behalf of various Engro affiliate businesses in neighbouring communities and their respective value chains. As an engine for innovative social progress, the Foundation facilitates affiliate companies by designing and implementing social responsibility interventions: programs focus on a variety of social services, with particular attention devoted to improving livelihoods and capacity building via skills training.

In the dairy value chain that Engro operates there is a severe skills shortage which leads to less than optimal milk production. Skills shortage exists in the areas of:

  • managing feed and nutrition requirements of livestock
  • monitoring of livestock health and administration of vaccines and medicine
  • hygienic and safe milking practices
  • maintenance of farm assets
  • identification and purchase of the right breed of livestock for dairy farming
  • maintenance of farm related record and its analysis
project highlights

Budget PKR 69.18 million
TVET SSP 50.93 million
Engro Foundation 17.24 million
Partners TVET SSP
Duration Jan 2018 – Feb 2019

To address this skills shortage Engro Foundation and Friesland Campina Engro Pakistan Ltd. (formerly Engro Foods) have jointly implemented a number of projects. ‘Enhancing Dairy Skills Through Specialized Training’ is the most recent project among those. It is a 14-months project that started in January 2018, supported by the TVET Sector Support Programme (SSP) which is funded by the European Union, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The programme has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in close collaboration with the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) as well as provincial Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs) and private sector organizations.

Building on the knowledge of trainings that Engro Foundation provides in partnership with Friesland Campina Engro Pakistan Ltd. (formerly Engro Foods), we delivered complete farm supervisor training and partial farm supervisor training for 1250+ trainees. The training program utilized a blended learning approach and included classroom training, demonstrative training, workplace-based training and exposure trips. Providing training in the unique context of agriculture has its own challenges, small livestock holding, and vast geographies mean that the target audience for these trainings is spread over a vast geography. There is also an absence of any mode of public transport and infrastructure in these rural areas which means that daily commute of trainees to the training centre also becomes a great challenge. To address this particular challenge, residential trainings were implemented for 2 out of the 3 proposed trades.

The training program focused on building and enhancing the learning of the trainees through classroom training, which included breakdown of theoretical concepts into smaller components and used methods, where the trainees could see these concepts at play in his or her own context, thus build on is their existing knowledge. During our theory-based classes, we demonstrated and exposed the learning concept in a farm-based environment. We also introduced activities, which focused on the concept and involved the trainees in experiential and hands-on learning, where they were be able to practice the concept in the class room.

We also introduced workplace-based training for trainees. For trainees who completed six modules of the farm supervisor, we placed them on commercial medium and large sized farms where they received on-the-job training or cooperative vocational training. Mentorship and support during on the job training process was given to ensure that the trainees were achieving learning objectives and getting a chance to practice their theory-based training.

For trainees, who completed 1-4 modules and opted for self-employment, qualified on-the-job trainers observed, mentored and offered direct instruction to the self- employed trainees in their work. During their farm visits, on-the-job trainers would accompany the trainee into the field, observed the trainee as they provided services and carried out technical tasks. Special attention was given to the trainees in technical tasks such as breeding supervision, vaccinations, deworming, treatment of sick animals and maintaining livestock housing and farm machinery.

The training project concluded in February 2019, beneficiaries have reported an average milk yield increase of 21% in the intervention area, which directly translates into significant income increase for the small farmers.