TGI Cares Foundation, the social impact vehicle of Tropical General Investments (TGI), has partnered with FoodClique, a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on eradicating hunger, to celebrate the 2023 World Food Day-themed ‘Water is life, water is food.’
The partnership, which has seen TGI Cares donate cash and substantial quantities of food items to Food Clique over the last five years, is in line with the Foundation’s mission to contribute to addressing the critical issues of hunger and lack of clean water in vulnerable Nigerian communities. It also further reinforced the organization’s commitment to combating hunger.
At a recently symposium to mark the day, stakeholders across the food value chain in Nigeria, including Rafiat Gawat, Head of Corporate Communications at TGI Group, discussed the importance of public-private collaborations to achieve sustainable food security solutions.
Gawat emphasized the need for sustainable and innovative solutions to address global hunger for the common good.
She said, “there is no gainsaying that all stakeholders in society must come together to address something as crucial as food security. From government at all levels to organized private sector, traditional institutions, non-governmental organizations, multilateral organizations and so on. We must transform our empathy into action and make a tangible difference in the lives of the vulnerable. This is why we partner with organizations such as Food Clique among others as part of our contribution to creating a world where no one is left behind.”
Gawat also noted TGI Group’s focus on partnering with host and farming communities and supporting them especially in times of crises including natural disasters. She said, “across our operations, we have over 23,000 people, we have factories in various parts of Africa, Middle East and Aisa, and we work with over 200,000 small holder farmers in various value chains. With sustainability as our bedrock, it is essential that we build and maintain a mutually beneficial relationship with all our stakeholders. While our approach is to introduce sustainable initiatives, we also rise to the occasion in times of emergencies and natural disasters.”
The CEO of FoodClique Support Initiative, Ibrahim Onilegbale, emphasized the critical role of water access for farmers and the population in achieving sustainable food security. He lauded TGI for its extensive collaborations with FoodClique, which have significantly benefited the most vulnerable individuals facing hunger. He further encouraged private organizations to join in the effort to create a food-secure society.
The collaboration between TGI Cares and Food Clique Organization represents a significant step toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger and Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation.
Both organizations remain committed to working tirelessly to create a world where no one goes to bed hungry, and every person has access to safe and clean water.
Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group is a global conglomerate with most of its investments in emerging markets. TGI’s investments focus on driving inclusivity and value addition using locally sourced raw materials, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, and a highly skilled workforce to produce world-class products consumed locally and exported to global markets. TGI Group is the parent company of WACOT Rice, CORMART, and CHI Farms, among others.