Contact: Kirsten Norman, 952-742-0302, [email protected]
Cargill today announced it has donated $100,000 to longtime partners, CARE and the World Food Programme (WFP) to fight hunger in the Horn of Africa. The company has donated to these global humanitarian organizations in response to the declaration of famine in several areas of Somalia.
Drought, displacement and conflict have left more than 13 million people in the Horn of Africa region − comprised of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti and Uganda − in urgent need of food assistance, and the number is rising. As the number of hungry people increases, so does the need to deliver more effective, fortified, supplementary food products, especially for children.
“The situation in the Horn of Africa is critical, and CARE and the World Food Programme are helping to distribute food and other basic necessities to those who need it, especially children,” said Michelle Grogg, senior director of corporate contributions and partnerships. “While Cargill does not have business operations in the affected area, we are committed to ensuring people everywhere have access to safe, nutritious food.”
Over the last five years, Cargill has contributed more than $55 million to reduce hunger and improve nutrition around the world. Through partnerships with CARE and the World Food Program, Cargill contributes to projects that specifically focus on improving food security and living standards in parts of Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 131,000 people in 66 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit www.cargill.com.