The international board of the Foundation for Natural Livestock Farming comprises of an admininstrative and an executive board.

NLF Administrative Board, with the following members:

Chair: Dr. Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana, an Indian medical anthropologist with PhD on International Development Studies, is president of the NLF Board. His main interest is in community health and development, as well as biodiversity conservation. He is currently engaged in the United Nations University- International Institute of Global Health, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, visiting Professor at Transdisciplinary University (TDU), Bangalore, India, and the SRM School of Public Health in Chennai, India.

Secretary: Hester Foppen (MSc), Dutch secretary of the NLF board, was trained in language and arts and has worked with coffee growers in Dominican Republic. Current position as senior project officer at Aqua for All, an organization for international cooperation in water management.

Treasurer: Arjen Dijkstra, Dutch treasurer of the NLF board, was trained in Agricultural information science and has worked in different Dutch companies on cattle improvement and breeding. Currently an independent agri-business consultant in Dijkstra Agrimarketing.

Dr.Getachew Gebru Tegegn, PhD livestock scientist, former President (2010-2019) Ethiopian Society of Animal Production (ESAP); lead of NLF pilot Enhancing Safety and Quality of Milk in Ethiopia (2018-2020). Currently engaged in Heifer Ethiopia

The administrative board members receive no remuneration, except compensation of expenses

The NLF executive board, with the following members: 

Katrien van ’t Hooft (DVM, MSc) a Dutch veterinarian, director Dutch Farm Experience; NLF Executive Director

Dr. M.N.B. Nair: Botanist at Centre for Ethno-Veterinary Science and Practices at Trans-Disciplinary University (TDU) in Bangalore, India. Representative NLF-India at GLOHMSIWA.

Daniel Temesgen: Livestock scientist, current president of Ehiopian Society of Animal Production (ESAP). Representative NLF-Ethiopia

Elisabeth Katushabe: Ugandan livestock keeper and lobbyist for Ankole Longhorn cattle at international fora. Represents the voice of female cattle keepers. Representative NLF Uganda, part of Lake Mburo Cattle Keepers Society.

Janna Vermeer: Dutch artist and dairy farmer’s wife, president NLF-Netherlands

RSIN/Fiscal number: 858002528 with ANBI registration since 01 January 2018 

Chamber of Commerce (KvK) number: 69764654



The Foundation has a limited funding structure  and aims to use a maximum of the available funds to implement activities that contribute directly to its goals. The Foundation has no salaried personnel, the board functions without financial inputs, and volunteers participate in acquiring new funds. The foundation is located at the office of one of the members of the expert working group, with no extra cost.

The Foundation complies with all ANBI regulations as a non-profit organization under Dutch law (ANBI).

The costs of the Foundation include expenditures for fund raising, administration, website and communication, running office costs and accountancy. The majority of the field activities in favour of Natural Livestock Farming are financed directly through the partner organizations in Netherlands, India, Ethiopia and Uganda. Between 2014 and 2020 a total of 1.5 million Euros were spent on field activities and exchange programs by the respective NLF partners. The direct expenses of the Foundation itself are represented in the annual report.

NLF annual report 2022

NLF annual report 2021

NLF annual report 2020

NLF Annual report 2019

NLF policy plan (NLF policy plan – text in Dutch)