General Mills is gifting US$2.3m, which will enable ALUS to grow its community-led programming with a focus on soil health through its Growing Roots pilot programme, which offers both technical and financial assistance to farmers.
The partnership aims to remove barriers to entry and maximise benefits for local producers, communities and the environment.
“We were drawn to ALUS’ grassroots approach with farmers at the centre,” said Mary Jane Melendez, chief sustainability and global impact officer, General Mills.
“Now, interested farmers in these communities can gain a greater understanding of regenerative agriculture and how best to apply those principles to their farm’s unique environmental, social and financial context, along with the power of peer knowledge-sharing and community support.”
G stands for good
The collaboration underpins General Mills’ commitment to advance regenerative agriculture on one million acres of farmland by 2030; its pledge to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions – 60% of which are from agriculture – across its value chain (scopes 1, 2 and 3) by 30% by 2030; and to ultimately achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
For more than 150 years, the Minnesota-headquartered corporation has believed doing good and good business go hand-in-hand. The company is putting people first by improving food security and advancing a culture of inclusion, equity and belonging, and by creating positive planetary outcomes through actions beyond its walls.
The US$2.3m will provide robust support to increase farmer mentorship and fund in-field projects that follow regenerative agriculture techniques. The funding will also boost data collection, scientific research and the sharing of this critical information with key stakeholders.