MINNEAPOLIS, March 3, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Cargill and Heifer International are celebrating the official launch of a program aimed at improving the lives of more than 450 smallholder farming households in the Qinsghen, China.
Representatives from Cargill, Heifer and its program implementing partner in China – the Qingshen County for the Promotion of Women &Children’s Cooperation and Development – participated in a ceremony today to discuss the program and celebrate the distribution of layer chickens to eight of the farmers benefitting from the program.
Through its $250,000 contribution and partnership with Heifer, Cargill is supporting the Qingshen Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Holistic Development Project. Under the project, 150 small-scale farms will receive 100 baby chicks each, with the aim that as these farmers grow their own flocks, each of them will be asked to pass on 100 chicks to other smallholder farmers. By project end in 2020, the goal is to assist 450 smallholder farmer households.
To date, 87 families have received broiler chickens through the program, with an additional 70 project families due to receive layer chicks by the end of May 2017. Women-led farms are the main participants in the program, which aims to increase family incomes by building an organized chicken production system for their families. The recipient families also are participating in training around animal husbandry and farm management as the project also seeks to help build market linkages.
“We are grateful to participate in such a meaningful partnership with Heifer that truly has the opportunity to transform lives” said Chuck Warta, president, Cargill Premix and Nutrition. “As part of our purpose to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way, it’s important to impact the lives of one family at a time to help them improve their livelihoods.”
The project also incorporates Heifer’s Passing on the Gift®, where each farming family passes on livestock to another family in need. The goal is to include two generations of Passing on the Gift, distributing chicks to more than 450 farms.
“Through this project, participants will learn to raise chickens and produce food in an environmentally sustainable way,” said Pierre Ferrari, president and CEO of Heifer. “By providing the livestock, training and entry into markets, we will help women become more empowered and better able to provide for their families.”
“Since the Cargill-sponsored project came into the two villages, it has brought about new vitality to our ‘targeted poverty alleviation’ strategy and created strong impetus for the holistic development of the two villages,” said Mr. Dai Yu, county CPC Committee Member of Qingshen County.
About the Partnership
A partnership between Cargill Animal Nutrition and Heifer International is enabling the expansion of more than 450 women-led, family-owned poultry farms in Qingshen, China. These farms will receive chicks, business training and access to nutrition expertise and veterinary support.
The Qingshen Sustainable Livelihood and Community Holistic Development Project initially will provide 150 small-scale farms with 100 baby chicks each and training in poultry-raising methods, go-to-market strategies and advanced animal nutrition strategies. The participants of the project will primarily be women-led households, where families are dispersed due to greater job opportunities in urban areas, a common occurrence in the selected communities.
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. For more information, visit Cargill.com and our News Center.
About Heifer International
Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. For more than 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in nearly 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. Heifer’s 2020 goal is to help 4 million families achieve living incomes by 2020, which will allow them to feed their families daily; educate all their children; and have proper housing, water, hygiene and other essential resources. For information, visit Heifer.org, read our blog, follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @Heifer or call 888.5HUNGER (888.548.6437).
Cargill Animal Nutrition
Cargill’s animal nutrition business has more than 20,000 employees at more than 275 facilities in 40 countries. Fueled by our innovation and research, we offer a range of products and services to feed manufacturers, animal producers, and feed retailers around the world, helping put food on the plates of nearly one billion people around the world every day. Cargill’s animal nutrition business offers a range of compound feed, premixes, feed additives, supply chain and risk management solutions, software tools and animal nutrition expertise that is unmatched in the industry. For more information about Cargill Animal Nutrition, visit: http://www.cargill.com/feed.
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