Projects

 

Koepon Stichting invests in long-term, sustainable development of livestock production: it supports the education of people living and working in less-developed areas to enable them to contribute to improvements in their home countries.

 

Running projects 

 

Koepon Stichting supports financially Chicken research in Ethiopia and Fish research in Kenya. The fish project is a joint activity of Egerton University and Wageningen University. The chicken project is a joint activity of the International Livestock Research Institute and Wageningen University. Chicken and fish production promises considerable potential to improve the livelihoods of rapidly increasing populations in developing countries. For many poor people in these countries, chickens are the only type of livestock they can afford to keep, which are relatively risk-free. The chicken project funded by the Koepon Stichting has a close link with the African Chicken Genetic Gain program led by ILRI and funded by the Bill&Melinda Gates foundation.

 

The studies will contribute to food security, increased income and alleviation of under-nutrition and poverty, as a result of increased sale of eggs, poultry meat and fish by small holder producers. The studies aim to contribute to a profitable and sustainable poultry and fish production that is tailor made for the local environment. It aims to help the local poor to make decisions in an environment of increased uncertainty and build the confidence to invest for a future.

 

For a complete overview of the running projects: click here.

 

 

Completed projects

 

In 2010-2014, Koepon Stichting supported chicken research in Ethiopia and Kenya.

 

Koepon Stichting enthusiastically supported co-operation with the University of Poznan. Several students from that university received a scholarship for MSc training at Wageningen University in the field of Animal Breeding and Genetics.

 

One of these students started after the MSc training in Wageningen a PhD study in a cooperation between Poznan University of Life Sciences and Wageningen University.

 

In 2007, the University of Poznan organized a one-week international course in Poznan on “The design and optimisation of dairy cattle breeding schemes”. In total, 32 people attended this course, which was given by Prof. Johan van Arendonk from Wageningen University. The course consisted of lectures, exercises and discussions and was supported financially by the Foundation. For more information about the University of Poznan, see http://www.au.poznan.pl/.

 

Koepon Stichting supports also social projects. From 2004 to 2008 Koepon Stichting sponsored the Poznan International School Foundation. In 2005 the school started with 40 pupils: in 2008 the school enrolled 115 pupils. Poznan is one of the three centres of growth in Poland. With the growth of the regional economy, the number of foreign people will grow, as will the need of Polish parents to give their children an international education.

 

 For a complete overview of the completed projects: click here.