Fellow Since 2013
Dairy Quality Assurance Limited (DQAL)
This profile was prepared when David Mupenzi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
David is partnering with key players—from the Rwandan government to the East Africa Dairy Development—to establish a transparent pricing system that will guarantee dairy farmers high economic rewards for high-quality milk. He is also creating the infrastructure that will enable farmers to produce quality milk on a consistent basis. This includes the creation of Rwanda’s first dairy-focused extension services system and the establishment of a lab which offers milk testing at 10 percent of market rate. This is boosting incomes for current dairy farmers, and has the potential to provide income for many poor Rwandans currently supplied cattle through the government’s One Cow per Poor Household initiative.