Cargill and Heifer International are expanding their Hatching Hope Global Initiative into three southeastern Mexican states.
Work will begin in Puebla, Oaxaca and Chiapas and will center around the growing demand for cage-free eggs. Hatching Hope will connect more than 1,000 women smallholder farmers with independent buyers. Using the Cargill feed distribution network, it will also train farmers on productive, efficient and sustainable farming practices so they can improve nutrition and raise the economic productivity of the region.
“The key to Hatching Hope is working alongside entrepreneurial women farmers who are passionate about having a positive impact on their families, communities and businesses,” said Rene Osorio, managing director for Cargill’s feed and nutrition business in Mexico.
Cargill customers are also stepping forward to help. Distribuidora El Tio, a long-time Cargill customer and Mexican feed distributor, is providing poultry feed at a competitive price, animal nutrition support and training on topics like poultry production, biosecurity, nutrition and technical support.
This expansion advances Hatching Hope’s bold vision: to improve the nutrition and livelihoods of 100 million people by 2030 through the production, promotion and consumption of poultry.
“Hatching Hope will create thriving centers of agriculture,” said Victor García, Mexico Country Director for Heifer International. “With Cargill’s partnership, Hatching Hope Mexico will connect farmers to market buyers and create increased demand for their products through local media and education.”
Mexico is the second country to launch a Hatching Hope project, following India’s launch in November of 2018.