Elanco Partners With Heifer International To Defeat World HungerWed, 22 Feb 2012 15:03:08 CST
At the recent Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Elanco Animal Health featured the charitable organization Heifer International in its booth. Radio Oklahoma Network’s Ron Hays interviewed Heifer’s Marlene Neu about the organization and its impact.
“Heifer International is a 65-year-old-plus organization,” Neu said. We are about ending hunger and poverty. That’s our mission statement. Ending hunger and poverty while caring for the earth. And the way we do that is we provide animals and the care and training of the animals to families all over the world. We’re currently in 40 countries but we’ve operated in 53 since its inception.”
She said the provision of animals is the first step in giving families the resources necessary to establish truly sustainable production even on the smallest of farm plots. But providing animals is just half the battle.
“There are small family plots, most of them live on less than two hectares of land and an animal can completely transform that family and that life. We teach these communities and families how to use the resources from these animals to lift themselves, their families, and their communities up out of poverty.”
Neu said the dividends to a hunger reduction program of this nature are two-fold.
“We believe the nutritional aspect that an animal can provide struggling families all over the world is something that can be very instantaneous and can provide for protein nutrition right off the bat.”
Long-term, Neu said, these families learn how to use animals to provide sustenance year after year after year.
Elanco has committed heavily to its partnership with Heifer International and is committed to the success of its efforts.
Elanco announced its plan to donate one dollar for every unique visitor that goes to the Heifer International website. All you have to do is click here to go to the Heifer International website and Elanco will donate a dollar on your behalf to Heifer Intermational.
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