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Global Water Challenge and Cargill Launch Impactful New Projects To Expand Access to Safe Drinking Water in Brazil

New Partnerships with Brazilian Non-profit Organizations, ChildFund and Instituto de Projetos e Pesquisas Socioambientais (IPESA), Set to Improve Access to Clean Water and Build Community Resilience in Critical Regions

24 August 2023, Washington: During World Water Week 2023, Global Water Challenge (GWC) and Cargill announced the launch of new projects in Brazil, in partnership with Brazilian based non-profit organizations. This initiative supports Cargill’s global commitment to addressing local water challenges and specifically improving access to safe drinking water in communities in priority regions.

Cargill and GWC launched its Cargill Currents platform in 2021 to address water challenges faced by local communities. The program supports access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and enhanced water security in priority regions by tailoring to the specific needs of the target communities. The global program is expected to benefit more than 150,000 people by the end of 2024. Building on this partnership, Cargill and GWC are expanding their efforts across Brazil by constructing sanitation facilities and water supply systems, which will significantly improve drinking water provision, community health, and the overall well-being of Brazilian community members throughout 7 projects across 5 municipalities and watersheds.

The new projects in Brazil managed by GWC, through the Cargill Currents platform, are designed to build community resilience, promote economic development, and deliver multiple socio-economic and sustainability co-benefits beyond just water access. These initiatives will prioritize efforts to promote community health and livelihoods by improving access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

“Because of our position as a connector of the food system, Cargill has the unique ability to develop holistic water solutions that drive impact-at-scale. That’s why we’ve set a global ambition to enable a water positive impact across our operations, supply chains and communities by 2030,” said Michelle Grogg, vice president of corporate responsibility at Cargill. “Partnering with organizations like Global Water Challenge is just one way we are working to strengthen local water systems. Together we will continue to drive sustainable change in communities where it is needed most.”

Following a Call for Proposals (CFP) and a rigorous identification process, Cargill and GWC have selected and partnered with the following organizations to drive and implement the in-country execution of the project’s goals and initiatives.

  • ChildFund is a child-focused international development organization that helps deprived, excluded and vulnerable children to have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities. In Brazil, ChildFund has been working since 1966 to address challenges impacting Brazilian children living below the international poverty line. These challenges include inadequate education, poor health care, and lack of access to safe drinking water. ChildFund works with local partners to provide support, protection, and care for children so that they grow up healthy and strong. This work also includes improving water quality and preventing water-borne diseases and infant mortality.
  • Instituto de Projetos e Pesquisas Socioambientais (IPESA) is a Brazilian NGO comprising experts and environmental activists working to build a sustainable society that balances economic growth, preservation of natural resources, and social justice. IPESA has worked extensively in Brazil to train on appropriate water management and improving water and sanitation access in rural communities.

These two organizations will play an instrumental role in ensuring that project activities are implemented in collaboration with the local communities in the following Brazilian municipalities: Luís Eduardo Magalhães, São Desidério, Santarém, São Félix do Xingu and Rio Verde. Key interventions include community upliftment and improving clean water access through the construction and rehabilitation of water supply and distribution systems, the development of water treatment systems, promotion of effective water systems management, WASH education and training – particularly to reduce water borne diseases, and empowerment of communities through training in financial and entrepreneurship skills.

“This World Water Week we celebrate the power of collective action and partnerships that galvanize sustainable solutions to address water access challenges,” said Monica Ellis CEO of Global Water Challenge. “Cargill’s global commitment to addressing critical needs in priority regions and building community resilience is commendable. As partnership is at the core of GWC’s water stewardship programs, this World Water Week we are excited to be a part of these continued efforts through the expansion of our partnership with Cargill into Brazil. Brazil will form part of a growing list of countries and communities whose livelihoods are being positively impacted through our partnership,” said Monica Ellis.

The Cargill Currents platform is one example of how Cargill is working toward its global ambition to enable water positive impacts across their operations, supply chains, and communities by 2030, in alignment with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6. The Cargill Currents program, in partnership with GWC, started in 2021 and has implemented 13 projects in Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, India and the United States, positively impacting nearly 48,000 people to date. The newly launched projects in Brazil are expected to benefit an estimated 24,000 people with improved water access, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). By the end of 2024, Cargill Currents initial investments aim to benefit up to 150,000 people with improved WASH in priority communities and basins around the world. Additional projects are in development for Europe, North America, and West Africa.

Across the world, Cargill is dedicated to effectively balancing and addressing the shared water challenges of availability, quality, and access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), using an approach that is informed by local context. You can learn more about Cargill’s commitment to water here.

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