SPRINGDALE, Ark., Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN) and World Vision announced today a new partnership to bring vital assistance to small family farmers in northern Tanzania through a new initiative called the Tyson Foods Fellows TM program. The collaboration will integrate Tyson Foods' technical knowledge about chicken production with World Vision's Secure the Future Tanzania initiative to help small-holder farmers build more resilient livelihoods.
As part of their participation in the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Tyson Foods and World Vision outlined their plans to educate thousands of farmers in the Babati region of the country about best agricultural practices. According to the latest World Food Programme research, more than 40 percent of the Tanzanian population lives with chronic food deficits and many are children.
"I've been to Tanzania and know it's a beautiful country with hard-working people, but I've also seen the devastating hunger there and need for agricultural improvements," said Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. "Our initiative isn't about just giving the people of Tanzania money or food, it's about sharing our knowledge and helping them create for themselves a sustainable source of food so they can lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty. We believe it's the best way to help give them a hunger-free world and to provide well for their children."Tyson Foods will send selected employees to Tanzania to teach local farmers how to raise chickens sustainably for food and income. Teachings will include such basics as best breed selection, keeping water clean, best feed choices, housing and disease management as well as processing, transportation and marketing. World Vision estimates that the project will help educate 2,700 farmers about sustainable chicken production and directly benefit the lives of more than 10,000 Tanzanians. By continuing to share best practices with other Secure the Future participants, World Vision will extend this education to 6,000 additional households, indirectly impacting over 24,000 individuals.