See how Cargill is nourishing communities around the world.
Horn of Africa
Cargill provides donation through World Food Program USA
In 2011, Cargill donated 10,000 metric tons (more than 22 million pounds) of rice to support the World Food Program (WFP) USA’s efforts to fight hunger and malnutrition in the Horn of Africa. The donation is expected to feed nearly 1 million people for one month. The crisis in the Horn of Africa is unlike any other, leaving 13 million people at risk of starvation and malnutrition. The shipment of rice will support relief efforts in northeastern Kenya, where some of the largest food needs in the Horn exist and where WFP is scaling up its operations to reach 3.75 million people affected by the drought.
Increasing access to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for rural communities
Cargill has supported the installation of a ZubaBox in Zambia together with Computer Aid International, an organization that works to remove barriers to ICT access in developing communities. The ZubaBox is a solar powered shipping container that offers a cost effective and sustainable solution to getting isolated rural communities online.
In 2010, Cargill donated $175,000 to the Federation of French Food Banks. Cargill’s gift helped purchase new equipment and additional space and increase distribution of food throughout the food bank’s network.
Boosting incomes of cocoa farmers
In 2011, Cargill donated $3.25 million to develop and expand its farmer training program in Côte d'Ivoire. This partnership with ANADER, the country’s national rural development agency, will also support the distribution of 600,000 cocoa tree seedlings to participating cooperatives.
Rural Education Project
A five-year partnership between Cargill and CARE is working to raise the incomes of cocoa-producing farm families, while keeping children in school and out of fields. The initiative works with farmer groups and government extension workers to improve cocoa production techniques. It also engages stakeholders to raise awareness of children’s rights and the value of education.
Improving the health and nutrition of our communities
Cargill is now in its third year of support for FareShare, a food supply organization in the United Kingdom, which includes employee volunteering and financial contributions totaling $160,000 to date.
Donation of sunflower oil
Cargill donated 22,000 liters of sunflower oil to Banc dels Aliments de Barcelona.
Supporting food banks across Europe
Employees in Rotterdam volunteer one day each week to support the local food bank through packaging activities. Employees provide volunteer time and expertise to support the logistical work for the food banks, alongside Cargill’s financial and product donations.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Promoting youth nutrition and wellness
Cargill is supporting an organization called JOGG (Jongeren Op Gezond Gewicht or “Youth with a healthy weight”) in its fight against childhood obesity. Some of the projects of JOGG in Amsterdam have included: building playgrounds to encourage children to exercise; providing safe walking and biking trails; creating exercise programs for young children; collaborating with supermarkets and cafeterias to educate consumers; and providing educational materials on balanced nutrition for parents and caretakers.
Protecting wetlands and their wildlife
Cargill supports the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), a leading U.K. conservation organization that works to protect valuable wetlands habitats. Cargill supports WWT with financial donations and volunteers.
Helping entrepreneurs get a head start
The Nutrena College, an interactive learning center and training program for rural farmers, is an example of Cargill’s commitment to rural development in Poland. Developed by Cargill in 2007 in partnership with the Center for Business Promotion and Entrepreneurship (OPiWPR), the program helps rural farmers gain the competencies and skills required to run small feed distribution businesses and supplement their farming incomes. As of March 2011, the college has trained 2,525 participants at 112 sessions country-wide.
Giving kids a better chance
In Efremov, where Cargill is the largest employer, the company has helped refurbish orphanages, provided new school rooms, supported training programs for disadvantaged youth and supported playground projects and infrastructure development at the children's hospital.
Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica
Through the EDUCAN Program with CARE, Cargill is helping more than 9,500 vulnerable children in Central America by providing quality education and appropriate nutrition, while also helping their parents create more profitable incomes. Cargill volunteers in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica have also contributed to these efforts by building 17 classrooms and 15 kitchen storage units in at risk communities.
More than 90 percent of employees in Central America volunteer to support their communities by raising funds, delivering new facilities, improving existing buildings and providing training, among other activities.
Mexico City, Mexico
Dining room for impoverished children
In Mexico, more than 20 million children are suffering from inadequate nutrition. To help address this need, Cargill Mexico and the Cargill Foundation provided a donation to Fundación Comedor Santa María A.C. to support the construction of a new dining facility for children in the Chalco Valley area. The dining facility, the 13th in the history of the Fundación Comedor Santa María, will serve nutritious food to 200 children ranging from the ages of 4 months to 14 years old every day.
Cargill is engaged with Movilizarse to produce and donate food to the Argentina Food Bank Network in 17 communities. La Chocleada donations include corn grown by area farmers, which is harvested by the community volunteers, including Cargill employees.
Promoting self-sustainable rural populations
Cargill is working with RESPONDE to help small rural communities of the Pampean Region to become self-sustainable. The program includes activities in three areas: production; nutrition and health; and community development.
Partnership with The Nature Conservancy to support soy farmers
In 2011, Cargill provided The Nature Conservancy (TNC) with a $3 million grant to support the Responsible Soy project. Through the project, TNC is working to protect the Brazilian rainforest and teach farmers to grow soy more sustainably.
Introducing soybean farming
Recognizing the opportunity that diversifying Egyptian agriculture would provide to local farmers, Cargill Egypt and CARE, a leading humanitarian organization, came together to develop a soybean farming project. Through the program, farmers in the region have been able to increase their incomes, share their knowledge with other farmers and fund civic projects.
Following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit northeast Japan in early March 2011, Cargill and its employees donated more than $800,000 to relief efforts in the region. These donations were used to deliver food and supplies to evacuation centers and welfare agencies in affected areas.
Water Treatment Plant
Cargill is playing its part to support the 26th South East Asian (SEA) Games in Indonesia. As part of our efforts to the quality of life for people in communities where we operate, Cargill Tropical Oils Asia built a Water Treatment Plant for the government of South Sumatra in September 2011.
World Environment Day
India served as 2011 host country for World Environment Day, an annual event created by the United Nations. In response, five Cargill locations in India organized unique projects to set inspiring examples of how employee volunteers can contribute to the local communities and help improve the environment.
School in the Plant
To address the challenge of accessing continuing education and to provide its employees with opportunities, Cargill Meats Thailand developed a program called “School in the Plant.” This program allows Cargill’s Thai employees to complete their secondary and high school levels of education to allow them to achieve their career goals and attain a better quality of life.
Smart Schools Make Smart Kids
Cargill and World Food Programme successfully completed the “Smart Schools Make Smart Kids” program, a three-year partnership initiated in 2007 to improve the health, nutrition and education of elementary school-age children in Sampang, Indonesia. Through the program, 37,000 children in 130 schools in Sampang, Madura, receive food assistance.
Cargill generates clean energy through 10 biogas systems in place at its U.S. beef and pork plants. These systems displace 20-25 percent of our natural gas demand and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from decreased use of fossil fuels at these sites.
Earth Day, Every Day
In 2011, 372 Cargill locations in 32 countries engaged in activities to demonstrate Cargill's commitment to environmental stewardship.
Living Lands & Waters
In 2011, Cargill was one of five sponsors of the floating classroom, a 150-foot barge that can host up to 60 students. The classroom will help students understand the diverse value of the river.
Breakfast for Learning
In 2011, Cargill Canada donated more than $100,000 to Breakfast for Learning (BFL), a nonprofit dedicated to nutrition for children. Cargill Canada is partnering with BFL to provide a safe, community-centered environment for students to receive a healthy meal or snack.