Anderson Foundation and Zinpro Invest in Agricultural Initiatives to Improve Gender Equity and Create Economic Opportunity
New, three-year charitable giving commitments to Heifer International and Bountifield International will help women-owned agricultural businesses in underdeveloped African nations prosper through targeted investments, tools and mentorship.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – March 8, 2022 – Zinpro Corporation, the world’s leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance organic trace minerals and animal nutrition solutions, announced the company has partnered with Anderson Foundation for a three-year commitment in support of agricultural nonprofits Heifer International and Bountifield International.
“We are pleased to honor International Women’s Day by empowering women-owned agricultural businesses in Africa,” said Debra Anderson of Anderson Foundation, which is funded by Zinpro Corporation and was established by Zinpro co-founder Mary Anderson. “Our partnerships with Heifer International and Bountifield International were the perfect place to double down on our ongoing commitment to gender equity as a means of eliminating poverty and lifting up entire communities.”
Zinpro President and CEO Rob Sheffer agreed, adding that the charitable gifts are an important source of pride for the company’s employees around the world, including those who have joined its “Women of Zinpro” initiative, a new employee resource group.
“At Zinpro, our team works hard to live our core values – and one of them is to ‘serve generously,’” said Sheffer. “These investments say a lot about who we are at our core, and how we want to make a positive impact in the world – both through our animal nutrition solutions and through our corporate giving programs.”
Heifer International’s PRISM Project in Rwanda, Africa
Over the next three years, Zinpro’s work with Heifer International will focus on a project in Rwanda, Africa called Partnership for Resilient and Inclusive Small Livestock Markets, or PRISM. The project, which will directly assist 23,400 families in Rwanda, aims to increase competitiveness and profitability of the small livestock sector in Rwanda by connecting small-scale producers with domestic and regional consumers.
“Heifer International is grateful to Zinpro and Anderson Foundation for supporting its work with farming families in Rwanda to improve nutrition and incomes,” said Liz Ellis, corporate brand partnerships manager at Heifer International. “The funding will enable Heifer Rwanda to support an extra 20,000 families, with a focus on women and youth.”
Bountifield International’s “She Feeds Africa” project, in Kenya
Similarly, Zinpro’s support of Bountifield International over the coming three years will also support programming with gender equity at its center.
“‘She Feeds Africa’ is an initiative to empower rural women in Africa with access to small-scale technology and business support so they can process and save more food in their communities,” said Alexandra Spieldoch, CEO of Bountifield International. “By investing in women as food entrepreneurs, we are further on the path to achieve equitable, resilient food systems across the continent.”
About Heifer International
Since 1944, Heifer International has worked with more than 39 million families around the world to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way. Working with rural communities in 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas, including the United States, Heifer International supports farmers and local food producers to strengthen local economies and build secure livelihoods that provide a living income. For information, visit https://www.heifer.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Bountifield International
For 40 years, Bountifield International has spearheaded small-scale postharvest technology projects in rural communities, benefiting more than a million people in over 50 countries along the way. Today, the organization is focused on technology and business solutions for sub-Saharan Africa where there is the greatest need to link innovation with efforts to achieve food security and inclusive growth. Founded in 1981 by retired food scientists and engineers from General Mills and Pillsbury, Bountifield is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota with current programs in Kenya. In 2021, Bountifield received the International Innovation Award from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Visit www.bountifield.org for more information.
About Anderson Foundation
Anderson Foundation was created to honor the giving spirit of Dean and Mary Anderson, the founders of Zinpro Corporation, a Minnesota-based nutrition solutions company serving the health and wellbeing of animals and people globally.
Since 1992, we have reinvested a portion of Zinpro’s profits back into the global community, focusing on creating opportunities for girls and women. We partner with grassroots organizations to empower girls and women to complete schooling, navigate everyday social and economic obstacles, and lift their communities.
Learn more about Anderson Foundation: https://andersonfound.org/.