The global food & agriculture company, Cargill, has approved the spending of $13 million (£9.2m) on projects in 15 different countries to advance sustainability, food security and nutrition.
“We’re investing in scalable solutions that make a real difference for people and communities,” said Cargill’s vice president of corporate affairs, Ruth Rawling, adding that the private sector can be a catalyst for lasting change by jump-starting innovation and economic development.
The spending, approved by Cargill and the Cargill Foundation, will involve working with more than 20 partners, from global non-governmental organisations to locally-based food and nutrition assistance programmes.
While specific plans for the spending are still being finalised, the main focus areas are as follows:
- Promoting sustainable agricultural practices
- Improving market access and productivity for farmers
- Supporting childhood nutrition and education
- Advancing healthy diets and preventing diet-related health issues in low-income communities
“We are committed to enriching the communities where we live and work,” said Ms Rawling, “although we can’t forget that some of our most important social impact comes through the work we do every day.”
Cargill has a massive poultry sector involvement in Europe as a supplier of primary and further processed chicken products for retail, food service and food manufacturing customers. The business has processing facilities in the UK, France and Russia, as well as a sales division based in the Netherlands. It employs over 2800 people across Europe.
Headline image shows Cargill’s feed plant in Wroclaw, Poland.