Cargill Animal Nutrition and the hunger and poverty charity, Heifer International, have joined forces to support the expansion of 450 family-owned poultry farms in Qingshen, China.
The farms, which are largely women-led, will each be given chicks, business training and access to nutrition expertise and veterinary support.
“The most important thing we can share with our global community is our knowledge, and our farmer training programmes are among our most impactful corporate social responsibility efforts,” said Cargill Premix and Nutrition president, Chuck Warta.
“Through this partnership, we are putting our expertise in animal husbandry and nutrition right where it is desperately needed. It is a great honour to work for the benefit of these Chinese communities, and it is our hope that this project will be the first of many to succeed with this formula.”
Heifer International CEO, Pierre Ferrari, added that Cargill’s expertise in the poultry business and its knowledge of the worldwide value chain will be of “tremendous value” to the charity’s work in China.
The partnership is one of a broad set of Cargill programmes focused on the intersection of food security, sustainability and nutrition, with the company currently investing the equivalent of more than £10 million in grants aimed at improving the lives of more than one million people in 15 countries around the world.