International agri technology firm Devenish has donated £79,893 to Farm Africa in support of the charity’s efforts to help farmers grow themselves out of poverty.
Devenish has supported Farm Africa through several fundraising initiatives over the past three years from staff events and trips, including a gruelling hike across the Uganda-Kenya border by its chief commercial officer Alan Gibson in early 2018.
This latest tranche of funds was raised through the Devenish Charity Ball in 2017, as part of the Dowth Point to Point horse racing event and Country Fair in County Meath. Organised and sponsored by Devenish, the annual event is set to take place again at the end of October 2018, from which further funds will be raised for Farm Africa.
Simon Caughey, Devenish’s marketing manager, said: “Devenish’s global business is centred around providing nutritional solutions that improve health through the food supply chain, from soil to society,” said
“Raising funds for Farm Africa will help farmers become more self-sustaining, enabling them to feed their families and build farm businesses. We are extremely proud to have raised these funds and continue our support for Farm Africa through events such as our annual Charity Ball at Dowth.”
Funds such as those raised by Devenish will underpin the charity’s work including helping forest communities in Ethiopia make a living from harvesting wild coffee, enabling young Kenyans to establish thriving horticulture businesses and boosting incomes and nutrition in Uganda through an orange sweet potato project.
Pictured (left to right) are: Richard Macdonald, chair, Farm Africa; Devenish’s Simon Caughey, Geoffrey Frawley and Gillian McAuley; and Nicolas Mounard, chief executive, Farm Africa