AGCO Foundation for Agriculture presents its second annual award and $ 50,000 grant to the Global Partnership for Animals
the AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF), a private foundation with the vision of preventing and alleviating hunger through agricultural development, announced that its 2020 AAF Award is awarded to the Global Partnership for Animals (GAP) as well as a $ 50,000 grant to help small farmers in North America strengthen their animal welfare practices and obtain certifications for their production processes.
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GAP is one of the largest animal welfare standards and labeling organizations in North America, and its multi-tiered standards impact the welfare of more than 416 million animals d ‘breeding on more than 3,900 farms, taking into account the health and productivity of each animal, the natural living environment and emotional well-being.
While many small producers actively adopt and implement humane practices, logistical issues and costs can be a barrier to entering a certification program. To help farmers obtain the necessary certifications, the project will build on the existing GAP model and program specifically designed for the smallholder.
“We are proud to present the AAF 2020 award to GAP and believe this project is a natural fit for AGCO and AAF as we are committed to ensuring animal welfare as producers meet the growing demand for proteins in the world, âsaid Metti Richenhagen, director, AGCO Agriculture Foundation. âGAP’s expertise in animal welfare and food systems, reinforced by our alignment with AGCO’s sustainability commitments, will help North American farmers improve their animal welfare practices while improving their profitability.
The project will create an autonomous peer network for producers at GAP project sites and a cost-effective audit model for small-scale production. The team will also launch supplier-based support for animal welfare and production skills and create a supply chain that supports local communities.
âThanks to GAP’s vast partner base and network, we are now ready to help small producers overcome animal welfare barriers,â said Anne Malleau, CEO of GAP. âThe pandemic has highlighted the interest and demand for local or regional food systems. that small producers could engage. Through this partnership, we wish to extend our commitment to continuously improve and drive significant changes in the animal welfare of farm animals. “
About AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF)
The AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF), initiated by AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO) in 2018, is a private foundation whose vision is to prevent and alleviate hunger. The foundation launches impactful programs that support food security, encourage sustainable agricultural development and build the necessary agricultural infrastructure in marginalized farming communities. AAF is domiciled in Vaduz, Liechtenstein and operations are managed from Duluth, Georgia, United States. For more information, please visit https://www.agcofoundation.org/
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