John Deere Foundation awards $1 million to World Food Program USA

The John Deere Foundation announced a $1 million donation to the U.S. World Food Program to address global food insecurity and address the spiraling rise in critical hunger, intensified by the crisis in Ukraine.

Half of the grant will support the global humanitarian work of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and the other half will go to the organization’s Innovation Accelerator, which researches, supports and scales innovations with high impact to achieve zero hunger.

“At John Deere, we are committed to helping feed the world and understanding the important role of innovative technologies and business models in achieving this goal,” said John C. May, president and CEO of Deere & Company. and President of the John Deere Foundation. . “This investment in the World Food Program and its Innovation Accelerator delivers on the promise of helping end hunger now and in the future.”

“We are grateful to the John Deere Foundation for their generous support at a time when the world faces a hunger catastrophe of unprecedented magnitude,” said Barron Segar, President and CEO of the World Food Program in the United States. -United. “Private sector partners are essential in helping us feed families in need today and advancing innovation that can save lives in the future.”

This award is in addition to recent grants from the John Deere Foundation to the U.S. World Food Program, including a $250,000 donation earlier this year to support humanitarian relief in Ukraine and the surrounding region and an investment of $500,000 in 2021 to support WFP’s Innovation Accelerator.

“With the support of John Deere, the WFP Innovation Accelerator has positively impacted the lives of 9 million people – including 2.2 million smallholder farmers – in 2021,” said Hila Cohen, Head of of Business Development and Chief of Staff of the United Nations World Food Program Innovation Accelerator. . “We will continue to build this unique SDG-focused partnership by investing in innovations to disrupt hunger and scale projects for maximum impact.”

John Deere employees have supported the WFP through its crowdfunding application “ShareTheMeal”. With support from the John Deere Foundation’s employee giving programs, John Deere employees have helped donate more than 88,600 meals to fight global hunger so far in 2022.

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