Cargill, Minneapolis, and Heifer International, Little Rock, Ark., co-creators of the Hatching Hope Global Initiative, are “hatching hope” in Mexico, expanding into three southeastern states. This expansion advances Hatching Hope’s vision to improve the nutrition and livelihoods of 100 million people by 2030 through the production, promotion and consumption of poultry.

“Hatching Hope will create thriving centers of agriculture,” says Victor García, Mexico country director for Heifer International. “With Cargill’s partnership, Hatching Hope Mexico will connect farmers to market buyers and create increased demand for their products through local media and education.”

Work will begin in Puebla, Oaxaca, and Chiapas, Mexico, and will connect more than 1,000 women smallholder farmers with independent buyers. Using the Cargill feed distribution network, Hatching Hope will also train farmers on productive, efficient and sustainable farming practices, so they can be part of the solution to improving nutrition and raising the economic productivity of the region.

“The key to Hatching Hope is working alongside entrepreneurial women farmers who are passionate about having a positive impact on their families, communities and businesses,” says Rene Osorio, managing director for Cargill’s feed and nutrition business in Mexico.

Distribuidora El Tio, a Cargill customer and Mexico-based feed distributor, is providing poultry feed, animal nutrition support and training on topics like poultry production, biosecurity, nutrition and technical support.

“We look forward to contributing to Hatching Hope by supporting these farmers and making a meaningful impact on the communities in which we live and operate,” says Rene Vargas, general manager at Distribuidora El Tio.