The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously disrupted the South African economy, with unemployment and hunger having become an ever-increasing reality in many communities. Yara Africa Fertilizer has, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, made a generous donation of R1 million to Agri SA’s surplus food relief campaign. The donation is timely as World Hunger Day was commemorated on 28 May.

Focus of World Hunger Day

“This year the focus of World Hunger Day was on an innovative, holistic approach to enable people suffering from hunger to take responsibility for their own development and to empower their own communities to overcome poverty and hunger,” says Christo van der Rheede, deputy executive director of Agri SA. “Agri SA, together with its affiliates, is committed to complying with its humanitarian duty by assisting individuals and communities with food relief.”

Agri SA wishes to thank the farmers and farm workers who have, throughout the lockdown, ensured that South Africans have access to affordable and healthy food. Our country’s farmers and farm workers serve as the foundation of food security.

Supporting producers and the planet

It is with gratitude that Yara Africa Fertilizer is able to donate towards food initiatives in these challenging and difficult times. We are delighted to be a part of Agri SA’s initiatives, which speaks directly to our mission and vison. Our mission is to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet, which leads us to our vision of a collaborative society, a world without hunger, and a planet respected.  

Yara supports all producers, ranging from smallholders to full-scale commercial enterprises, through knowledge and high-quality products. We look forward to our continuous collaboration with the communities in Africa. – Press release, Agri SA