UK women executives visit Kenya for Farm Africa

Fourteen female executives from the UK food industry are due to travel to western Kenya at the end of April to work alongside a women’s farming co-operative, as part of Farm Africa.

The women will participate in the Dig for Good project, where they will dig a fishpond and help set the rural community up in fish farming, with Sainsbury’s director of brand and Farm Africa trustee, Judith Batchelar, leading the team.

The Dig for Good is part of Food for Good, an initiative created by Farm Africa, which works with smallholder farmers in eastern Africa and aims to provide them with tools and skills to grow enough food.

Upon finishing the swimming pool-sized pond, it will be filled with tilapia fingerlings, which will grow to deliver a harvest of sustainable tilapia for both their families and to sell on the market.

Batchelar said: “It’s often concerned me that while many of us are over-nourished, one in eight people in the world go to bed hungry each night. African women play an important role feeding their continent. Let’s stand shoulder to shoulder with them to help end hunger for good.”

William Reed Business Media’s Lorraine Hendle will also attend the trip, in addition to executives from the London Food Board, Anglo Beef Processors, Heck, Moy Park, among others.

Farm Africa chief executive Nigel Harris said: “Strong women building a secure future for their families are central to Farm Africa’s work and key to growing rural prosperity from the ground up. We are thrilled to have such great support from women industry leaders, putting the strength of their commitment and the strength of their muscles behind our work to end hunger.”

Sponsors for Food for Good include high street retailers Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Tesco.


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