BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Kellogg pledges to train 15,000 smallholder farmers to improve livelihoods, climate resiliency #Climate2014 http://ow.ly/BOAXP
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Kellogg Company announced today a new commitment to support the livelihoods of 15,000 smallholder growers around the world at the UN Climate Summit held in New York today. The commitment will enable improved productivity of smallholder farmers in Kellogg's agricultural supply chain, with a focus on rice, and support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
"Climate change threatens agriculture and food systems in many regions, making it more difficult to achieve food security," said John Bryant, Chairman and CEO, Kellogg Company. "As a food company, it's our responsibility to help ensure the long-term sustainability of key grains, including rice, and enable those who help grow and supply it."
Rice is a staple food for more than half the world's population, and grown by a number of smallholder farmers in several parts of the world. Rice not only contributes to climate change because of the emissions created in current growing practices, but crops also are impacted by rising temperatures and sea levels.
This initiative is a part of Kellogg Company's recently announced global sustainability goals for responsible sourcing and conserving natural resources. In conjunction with the UN Climate Summit, Kellogg is also pledging in support of the Joint Statement for Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition and the Declaration of Forests.
"Kellogg is proud to contribute to substantial and scalable solutions that address the impact of climate change on food security and global nutrition," said Diane Holdorf, Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Company. "Our pledge to support smallholder growers in our value chain is one element of a bigger plan to support climate smart agricultural practices in the food systems from which we source."
At Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), we are driven to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter. With 2013 sales of $14.8 billion and more than 1,600 foods, Kellogg is the world's leading cereal company; second largest producer of cookies, crackers and savory snacks; and a leading North American frozen foods company. Our brands – Kellogg's®, Keebler®, Special K®, Pringles®, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes®, Pop-Tarts®, Kellogg's Corn Flakes®, Rice Krispies®, Kashi®, Cheez-It®, Eggo®, Mini-Wheats® and more – nourish families so they can flourish and thrive. Through our Breakfasts for Better Days® initiative, we're providing 1 billion servings of cereal and snacks – more than half of which are breakfasts – to children and families in need around the world by the end of 2016. To learn more about Kellogg, visit www.kelloggcompany.com or follow us on Twitter @KelloggCompany.
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