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International Flavors & Fragrances and Unilever Launch Partnership to Improve the Lives of Vetiver Farming Communities in Haiti Collaboration with Oxfam Great Britain, Heifer International and the Ford Foundation Delivers a Strategic Social Investment
Jul 14 16
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. and Unilever announced a new partnership with leading non-governmental organizations to enhance the livelihoods of smallholder vetiver farmers in Haiti. The partnership, Vetiver Together, aims to sustainably improve food security, increase yields, and diversify income, while working to support women's empowerment and environmental conservation. Vetiver oil is a common ingredient in many fragrances and an important crop for Unilever, found in brands such as Axe and Impulse. Haiti produces some of the best vetiver in the world, and many farmers rely on cultivation of the root for their entire source of income. But, due to economic pressures, farmers often harvest the roots before they are fully mature, leading to low prices, poor oil yields, deforestation and soil erosion. The partnership will help farmers address these challenges as well as provide training to community members - including in crop and livestock production, soil conservation and nutrition - to help improve social conditions and diversity of farm production and food security. The project is a strategic social investment that recognizes that improving smallholder and community livelihoods and strengthening the Haitian vetiver supply chain are mutually beneficial. It is supported by the Enhancing Livelihoods Fund - a partnership between Unilever, Oxfam Great Britain, and the Ford Foundation which backs innovative models to improve agricultural practices and have a positive social impact, particularly for women. Heifer International will implement the project and provide access to livestock which delivers both an additional food source and diversified income through products that can be bartered and sold at market.
The Ford Foundation Announces the Appointment of John Irons as Director of Inclusive Economies
May 18 16
The Ford Foundation announced the appointment of John Irons as director of Inclusive Economies. In this role he will oversee two lines of work: 'Quality Work and Economic Security' and 'Impact Investing.' As director, he will advance Ford's work in addressing inequality to pave the way for economic opportunity and inclusive growth. Irons joins the foundation from the Rockefeller Foundation where he served as managing director for Global Markets.
Ford Foundation Names Kathy Reich as Director for Effort to Strengthen Institutions and Networks
Apr 28 16
The Ford Foundation named Kathy Reich as director of a new foundation initiative to help strengthen institutions and networks critical to social movements. Reich currently serves as director of organizational effectiveness and philanthropy at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She has been with Packard since 2001, earlier serving as policy analyst and program officer for early education programs in California. Reich will guide the foundation's BUILD efforts in the United States and across its 10 global offices to implement sector-leading approaches to supporting the sustainability, vitality, and effectiveness of organizations and networks that serve as pillars of broader social movements.