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General Mills receives Global Citizenship Award from USAID


Thursday, March 1, 2012
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US Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah on February 24 awarded the Global Citizenship Award to General Mills for its work with food processors and small-holder farmers in Africa through its hunger fighting nonprofit, Partners in Food Solutions (PFS). He presented the award during a visit to the company’s headquarters in Minneapolis.

Shah also discussed how PFS supports USAID’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. USAID has been a pivotal partner to General Mills as the agency helps shape and guide PFS through a public-private partnership formed in 2010.

Dr. Shah thanked employee volunteers for using their unique technical and business expertise to help African food processors produce high quality, nutritious and safe food at affordable prices, thereby increasing the demand for the crops of small-?holder farmers.General Mills is widely known for its iconic brands such as Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant and is a Fortune 500 company with revenues of $14.9 million last year.

Shah also discussed how PFS supports USAID’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. USAID has been a pivotal partner to General Mills as the agency helps shape and guide PFS through a public-?private partnership formed in 2010.

General Mills’ chairman and CEO, Ken Powell, accepted USAID’s Global Citizenship recognition on behalf of the PFS employee volunteers.

“For General Mills, a key way for us to have an impact [on global poverty] is by sharing our food technology expertise,” said Powell. “I am honoured to accept the Global Citizenship Award on behalf of General Mills, and specifically, the more than 300 volunteers who have stepped up to make this effort a reality. Through their work, and the meaningful support of our partners, we are making a measurable difference.”

PFS is currently working with 30 food processors on 77 projects in Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi.

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