The international board of the Foundation for Natural Livestock Farming comprises of:
NLF Administrative (non-executive) 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.
Member: Taffese Mesfin (DVM), member of NLF board, is a veterinary pathologist and expert in traditional herbal practices in Ethiopia. He worked for the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and several international NGO’s, currently general manager for the Ethiopian Milk Processors Industry Association (EMPIA) and chairman for the North East Africa Livestock Council (NEALCO). He has dedicated an important part of his veterinary career to research into and promotion of the indigenous pastoralist veterinary practices.
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 international secretariat, representative NLF-Netherlands
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.
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. Representative NLF-Ethiopia, currently linked with ESAP.
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.
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 policy plan (NLF policy plan – text in Dutch)