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Cargill Renews Partnership With CARE to Support Women in Agriculture; Pilar Cruz and Michelle Nunn Comment

Cargill Renews Partnership With CARE to Support Women in Agriculture; Pilar Cruz and Michelle Nunn Comment


MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

Cargill is setting out to make a huge difference for women in agriculture. The company recently expanded its partnership with CARE to improve the lives and economic development of smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs focusing on women, with an ambitious goal to build resiliency for rural agricultural communities globally. As part of this initiative, Cargill has pledged a contribution of $14 million over the next three years.

Pilar Cruz, Chief Sustainability Officer, Cargill"Building resilient agricultural supply chains is at the core of our work at Cargill, and we know women play a critical part in driving the long-term change needed to strengthen the food system," said Pilar Cruz, Chief Sustainability Officer at Cargill. "We are excited to expand our work with CARE and continue improving livelihoods of people in agricultural communities around the world."

According to a press release, the pair’s renewed third phase of Promoting a Sustainable and Food Secure World program, PROSPER, will support 11 projects spanning 10 countries including Benin, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, and Vietnam. The initiative will focus on three main areas, with a goal to reach nearly 1.6 million people directly and indirectly:

  • Enabling women's access to inclusive markets to unlock greater production, expand profits on small-scale agriculture, and ensure food security
  • Increasing women's access to productive agricultural resources by improving access to market information, extension, and inputs as well as the technology and financial services they need to be successful
  • Strengthening and expanding strategic partnerships to advocate for systemic change for women and the broader community

Cargill recently expanded its partnership with CARE to improve the lives and economic development of smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs focusing on women, with an ambitious goal to build resiliency for rural agricultural communities globally (Photo credit: Laura Noel/CARE)

For over 60 years, Cargill and CARE have collaborated to develop and implement 34 distinct programs that reached more than 4.6 million people across 13 countries.

Michelle Nunn, President and Chief Executive Officer, CARE US"Cargill has been CARE's longest-standing corporate partnership—a collaboration spanning more than six decades," said Michelle Nunn, President and Chief Executive Officer, CARE US. "With Cargill's support, CARE has helped millions of people around the world grow more food, expand their incomes, and build their communities. The next phase of our partnership will apply the lessons of experience and new innovations to increase our impact and create a more sustainable and food-secure world."

Read more about this impactful alliance here. Stick with DMN as we bring the latest updates in our industry.

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