Strong Roots:
Building growers'
capabilities and
around the world to help
agriculture evolve responsibly


As the world increasingly turns to agriculture to help meet a growing need for food and energy, ADM Cares is directing more than one-third of its annual budget to organizations that promote agronomically and environmentally sound growing practices; farm safety and education; and better health, incomes and working conditions for farming families and workers in key growing regions. 

On January 19, 2011, ADM founded the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss with a US$10 million grant to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Major funding in 2010 was provided to expand Doing It Right, our partnership with the Brazilian sustainable farming group Aliança da Terra to promote sustainable soy farming. And in October 2010, we announced that we would donate more than US$575,000 to Opportunities Industrialization Centers International–Côte d’Ivoire (OICI-CI) to fund bridge and well construction projects in 24 villages throughout this cocoa-growing nation. The projects, which will result in improved farm incomes for about 120,000 people in these communities, are to be completed by OICI-CI over a two-year period.

A total of 16 wells will be installed in rural communities throughout Côte d’Ivoire to make clean water more readily available, and to help reduce the incidence of waterborne infectious diseases. The wells also will lessen the burden on women who typically must travel long distances to obtain water for their families. Seven wells will be constructed in 2010, with the remaining nine to be completed in 2011.

In addition, eight bridges will be constructed near rural cocoa communities to facilitate access to and from cocoa fields. Six will be constructed in 2010 with the remaining two completed in 2011.

Also in 2010, ADM provided ADM Cares grants to the Friends of the World Food Program, the National FFA Foundation, and Agriculture Future of America, which since 1996 has worked to provide academic and professional training and development programs for students interested in pursuing careers in the agriculture and food industries.

Learn more about ADM’s work to create a sustainable supply chain for soy by viewing the video below.


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