Investing in Mozambique’s young farmers

Cargill is providing U.S. $1.35 million over the next three years to the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) to provide support for the Bilibiza Agriculture Institute (IABil) in order to enhance and expand educational possibilities for farmers in northern Mozambique. The partnership which has been supported by Cargill’s businesses in Switzerland and Africa, will enable IABil, the only full secondary vocational school for agriculture in Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique, to improve its teaching capabilities and to reach more student farmers in the northern region. The IABil will train up to 400 students a year with relevant technical and entrepreneurial skills, as well as sharing knowledge that will help them to participate in the sustainable development of the agricultural sector in Mozambique. View the news release for more information on Cargill’s support of the Foundation in English and Portuguese.

Cargill supports new food security plan for Africa

Cargill participates in food security symposium in advance of G8 Summit.On May 18, Cargill representatives are attending a symposium hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, to discuss new activities to advance global agricultural development and food security in Africa. U.S.  President Barack Obama opened the symposium with a speech on food security, and was joined by African leaders in advance of the G8 Summit at Camp David.  The symposium, Advancing Food and Nutrition Security at the 2012 G8 Summit,  features announcements of new business commitments for African agriculture and discussions on addressing hunger and poverty in the changing development landscape.

As part of the Symposium, Cargill is calling out its intention to support the G8 New Alliance for Advancing Food and Nutrition Security and the Grow Africa partnership. Specifically, Cargill outlined its intentions to support the following key food security initiatives in Africa:

  • Exploring a public/private partnership to support smallholder farmers and improve domestic grain production in Mozambique. Cargill has also committed more than U.S. $1 million for vocational agriculture education in the country.
  • Cargill is also participating, along with other industry partners, in the Competitive African Cotton Initiative (COMPACI), a three-year program to improve the livelihood of 450,000 smallholder cotton farmers and their 2.7 million family members in the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
  • Cargill also is among the companies supporting the World Cocoa Foundation and the expansion of the Cocoa Livelihoods Program in West Africa to support private sector-led farmer training for 35,000 cocoa farmers and to increase farmers’ access to financial services.

More than 500 leaders from government, businesses, international organizations, and civil society  are attending The Chicago Council’s symposium.

In a separate event in Washington D.C. May 18, Cargill Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer Emery Koenig is participating in a panel discussion during a seminar hosted by the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The seminar brings together key stakeholders from around the world to discuss trade food and trade policy-related developments in the Asia Pacific, Latin America and Caribbean regions.

Learn more about Cargill and its commitment to improving food security.