Farm to produce much needed protein and ongoing economic boost in community
Springdale, Ark. – May 3, 2017 – Accessing the most basic necessity to sustain life is a challenge for many people in the island nation of Haiti. Hunger is chronic as one hundred thousand children under five years of age suffer from malnutrition1 in part due to the lack of access to animal protein. In an effort to help combat hunger in Haiti, Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) announced today a $341,490 grant to OneEgg, a non-profit organization that delivers eggs to children in developing countries. The money will be used for construction of an egg-producing farm in Haiti that will provide animal protein to undernourished children while also establishing an economically sustainable business model from the sale of eggs produced at the farm.
As part of its corporate social responsibility efforts, employees of Tyson Foods and Cobb-Vantress, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tyson Foods, have provided technical assistance and training to previous OneEgg projects in Rwanda and Uganda, but Haiti marks the first financial commitment from the company. The farm will produce a continuous supply of eggs for sale in local markets, while providing new jobs for local residents. As a not for-profit project sponsored by Tyson Foods and Cobb-Vantress, the proceeds from this enterprise will remain in Haiti and keep the farm operational.
“We’re extremely grateful to Tyson Foods and Cobb-Vantress for this generous gift to OneEgg Haiti,” said Chris Ordway, executive director, OneEgg. “The opportunity to create a sustainable, egg-producing farm will have a lasting and life-changing impact on the people of Haiti.”
The project will also include research, education, and outreach efforts to continue to investigate the value of eggs on children’s physical development, and to share the farm business model with others in developing countries that could implement it.
Faculty and students from the University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and the U of A System Division of Agriculture will document the farm’s construction and economic model while conducting nutrition research on children receiving eggs as a means of project evaluation. The results will ultimately be published and presented throughout the agricultural academic community.
“While the primary goal is to get protein-packed eggs into the diets of Haitian children, another important aim of this grant is to get college students involved in international research and outreach in developing countries like Haiti,” said Jefferson Miller, professor of agricultural communications with joint appointments within Bumpers and the Division of Agriculture. “We’ll have graduate and undergraduate students involved in the project. It’s a great opportunity for these young people to get some practical experience with an international focus.”
Once the farm is producing at full-capacity, it will feature three laying houses and a brooding house capable of holding 10,500 birds that will lay 6,000 to 7,000 eggs a day.
“Tyson Foods and Cobb-Vantress firmly believe in offering assistance to those in need by sharing our knowledge and experience,” said Dave Juenger, senior advisor, CVI support services, Cobb-Vantress. “As a result, the children of Haiti have a greater chance at a healthy life, and the people of Haiti have a greater opportunity to be self-sufficient.”
“We’re raising the world’s expectations for the good food can do,” said Debra Vernon, senior director, corporate social responsibility, Tyson Foods. “The OneEgg Haiti project is a perfect example of our purpose coming to life and the integration of sustainable thinking throughout our work.”
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world’s largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®. It’s a recognized market leader in chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts. The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 115 countries. Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. The company currently has approximately 114,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.
Cobb-Vantress, Inc. is a poultry research and development company engaged in the production improvement and sale of broiler breeding stock with distribution into over 120 countries. Cobb has contributed to the dynamic efficiency and growth of an industry that has transformed chicken into an economically affordable healthy protein source for many of the over seven billion people in the world.
OneEgg’s mission began four years ago with a singular vision: Ending world hunger – one child at a time. We follow a unique model for sustainable development, blending for-profit enterprise with a sponsorship model. The objective is to provide a “hand up” - not a “hand out” – to empower the local community and increase the amount of protein in the diets of children. In Rwanda, where OneEgg began, we have partnered with Shyria Diocese of the Anglican Church to deliver eggs to child development centers, benefiting nearly 2,000 children. Now, OneEgg is global, with locations in Rwanda, Haiti, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Honduras, Nicaragua, Morocco and Uganda. We are working with the right local partners who are dedicated to ensuring more eggs get into the hands of more children. OneEgg is blessed by supporters and sponsors who proved the “bricks and mortar” of the farms, and the sponsorship dollars that purchase eggs. Together, we can address poverty and hunger one child and one egg at a time. To learn more, please visit www.oneegg.org.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. The Division conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture.
1World Food Programme
Caroline Ahn, 312-614-6047, [email protected]