About Yara

Taking up the African Challenge in our Centennial Year

In marking its centenary, Yara reaffirmed a deep commitment to African development through its contribution to an African Green Revolution to combat hunger and increase food production on the continent.

The roots of this pledge stemmed from an appeal in 2004 by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for companies to contribute to an all-out effort to create a green revolution in Africa.

Yara, as the global leader in plant nutrition and with an active presence in Africa, was quick to respond and readily accepted the challenge set by Annan, primarily to contribute to efforts to halve poverty and hunger in Africa by 2015.

Yara’s commitment in Africa encompasses three interrelated projects which are all linked to measures proposed in the UN Millennium Hunger Task Force action plan.

First, Yara has an advocacy role that involves awarding the Yara Prize, hosting the Oslo Conference for an African Green Revolution and functioning as a key discussion and knowledge partner for funding agencies. The annual Yara Prize creates much-needed recognition and publicity for exceptional individuals and groups working to combat food shortages and reduce poverty in Africa.

Second, Yara has made a rolling commitment to support village-level initiatives. The Yara Foundation – alongside regular financial contributions by Yara employees in Norway – sponsors the Sauri Millennium Village in western Kenya through measures like free school meals, developing local agriculture and markets, and supporting local initiatives to realize the green revolution.

Mwandama Village, located in southern Malawi, is another project sponsored both corporately and through employee support – this time by those working at Yara’s Sluiskil plant in the Netherlands.  Because most water comes from unprotected springs, 15 bore holes are being drilled which will combat stomach ailments and other diseases.  Yara’s commitment of USD 200,000 for three years will provide funding for further infrastructure projects for the village.

Third, Yara is actively seeking to springboard private-public partnerships that bridge its business operations with African development issues, as exemplified by its delivery-chain partnership for agricultural inputs in Tanzania.

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