Kerry has announced details of Project Amata, a new project with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which aims to enhance the protection and availability of safe, sustainable milk for children and communities in the Gitega province of Burundi. Project Amata builds on the success of previous WFP and Kerry partnership, Project Leche, which helped Honduran farmers create a safer and more sustainable milk supply, nourishing the health of over 7,500 thousand Honduran children, as well as enhancing economic opportunity and better living conditions for the community.
The goal of Project Amata is to make safe and sustainable milk more accessible to school children and the community. The project centres around improving food security and nutrition by strengthening about the important role milk has in curbing malnutrition. Over the course of the three-year programme, the Kerry team and WFP staff will work together with farmers and the local community to build milk production capacity. Much-needed equipment and training will be provided, covering key areas of livestock management and milk production. The project will be supported further by a direct financial contribution of US$750,000 from Kerry.
Commenting on the announcement, Edmond Scanlon, CEO of Kerry, said: “We are delighted to be able to share our dairy, processing and nutrition expertise on Project Amata. This is an example of how Kerry, WFP and local agencies can work together towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger. It also provides a further concrete example of our Better for Society social impact programme in action, helping to improve the health and nutrition of people in need.”