Tyson Foods in Tanzania

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SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Tyson Foods Inc. announced a partnership that will educate thousands of small family farmers in northern Tanzania about best agricultural practices.

Tyson and World Vision, a humanitarian organization, outlined their plans to help fight hunger through agricultural education during the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. Tyson will send selected employees to Tanzania teach farmers how to raise chickens for food and profit using sustainable farming practices. The program will include lessons on breed selection, keeping water clean, feed selection, housing and disease management.

"I've been to Tanzania and know it’s a beautiful country with hard-working people, but I’ve also seen the devastating hunger there and need for agricultural improvements," said Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. "Our initiative isn’t about just giving the people of Tanzania money or food, it’s about sharing our knowledge and helping them create for themselves a sustainable source of food so they can lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty. We believe it’s the best way to help give them a hunger-free world and to provide well for their children."

World Vision estimates the project will reach 2,700 farmers and enrich the lives of more than 10,000 Tanzanians. The humanitarian organization will expand the education program to an additional 6,000 participants, which will indirectly impact another 24,000 people.

"Nearly 40 percent of the people in Tanzania don't have enough to eat and face food shortages and malnutrition. Yet, the country is full of hardworking small-holder farmers who simply need information and expertise to turn their fields into a rich harvest," said Richard Stearns, president of World Vision US. "That's why we are excited to partner with Tyson. By sharing the knowledge of one of the great food producers in the world, farmers in Tanzania will be able to build the foundation for a sustainable source of food."

The education initiative in Tanzania is Tyson's latest relief project in Africa. In 2009, the company helped people in northern Rwanda to build and operate an egg farm.
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READER COMMENTS (3)

By Julius Massaba 4/13/2014 2:30:37 AM
Dear Sir / Madam I have read the poultry project with big interest in joining you to work collectively as one icon of potential team in your organization at Kilimanjaro region, here in Tanzania. I have both excellent technical knowhow and long practical experience in the poultry industry, that I can change the business direction to major operations and services if given an opportunity to join you. Thank you very much in advance for reading my request and Stay blessed in poverty alleviation. Julius Massaba

By Glenn Brock 11/26/2013 4:29:09 PM
I would like to obtain an email to send my Resume. Thank you in advance, Glenn

By Eddie mekasha 9/26/2013 12:49:33 PM
I am very thankful for Tyson and World Vison helping my East African people in Tanzania.Those little children and the famers who got help made my heart warmer because of the humanitarian care they recived. Please keep up this noble job! Eddie mekasha