"This partnership involves more than just Elanco the company. It's about the employees, too, and customers, the company's entire network, working with us and with smallholder farmers to help them transform their own lives and futures," said Pierre Ferrari, Heifer's CEO. "We are all responsible for solving hunger, and working together. With our proven holistic model and Elanco's clear passion for farmers and animals, we are showing that we can do this."
Today, Elanco announced its third community in the Hebei province of China, where more than 20 million families live on less than US $1 a day. Emerging economies like China aren't able to deliver the animal protein demands of their consumers. China has a goal of tripling the daily milk intake of their citizens, which will still be less than half of an American's daily intake. Elanco and Heifer will deliver the gifts of livestock and training to 800 families.
Elanco employees have also been inspired by the hunger cause, donating approximately $200,000 (including a Lilly Foundation match for U.S. employees) to Heifer International from their own pockets in just two years.
"As the #1 food animal productivity company globally, our hunger cause complements the work our products do to help farmers deliver a safe, affordable, abundant food supply," Simmons said. "We believe efficiency-enhancing technology in food production is one of the most important ingredients to feeding a growing global population. As companies and citizens, we have a moral obligation to help meet this need."
At the local level, Elanco is helping form the Childhood Hunger Initiative, including donating a full-time senior staff
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