“To promote sustainable development for the benefit of the public by the relief of poverty and the improvement of the conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged communities through the development of food and feed milling processes and storage and agriculture.”
NOTE: Sustainable development means ‘development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.
Just one year ago the Milling4Life CIO Charity (M4L) was set up in the UK and registered with the UK Charities Commission.
The concept of the Charity was developed by the milling industry’s oldest, still-in-print monthly magazine, Milling and Grain (first published in 1891). Working with other industry media, the publisher and those supporting the magazine, believe that by coordinating the milling industry’s various sectors, millers and companies supplying the milling industry can make a unique and valuable contribution to the way transitional countries and communities can provide not only nutritious and safe food and feed to their communities, but also food and feed that is affordable and meets the demand of their growing populations.
Population projections suggest – and the trend over recent years confirms – the world’s population will continue to grow rapidly to reach 9.5 billion by 2050, that’s just 32 years from now. The little bit of good news on the horizon is that from 2050 to 3000, our global population is unlikely to surpass 11 billion. So the race is on to put food production systems in place to meet this immediate and rapid growth in population over the next three decades, particularly in transitional countries where food is already in short supply and where populations will outstrip food sources as they continue to grow.
While there are significant global organisations well positioned and resourced to address the food needs of a growing world population, it is the industries that mill and process grains and cereals that need to take the initiative and provide the foodstuffs for human consumption and rations for livestock in these countries already struggling to meet the demand for food – and in particular protein – at affordable prices.
Our industry has the technology and the knowledge to assist in the transformation of food production where it is needed most – from harvest, through the transportation and storage of grains and cereals, to the most efficient processing that minimises contamination and losses, improves efficiency and provides consumers and farmers with valuable and affordable food/feed products.
The Milling4Life Charity offers industry a platform whereby individuals and companies in the milling industry can reach out and help those millers in less fortunate circumstances develop their skills and knowledge base in milling processes that will lead to more efficient food and feed production that is more affordable, safe and nutritious.
The Charity is particularly keen to help those in transitional countries by encouraging and supporting education and training in grain storage and milling processes, identifying and adopting appropriate technology so that millers can meet their communities’ growing demand for food in a viable and efficient way.
Milling4Life has six trustees:
Cliff is CEO of the UN-backed Global Biotechnology Transfer Foundation and the Goodwill Ambassador to NEPAD, an agency of the African Union
“The production and preparation of nutritious and energetic foods is a key challenge of the 21st. Century. Milling4Life is rising to that challenge in a number of ways: 1) Identifying and supporting the global growing of diverse and nutritious cereals appropriate to the local climate and conditions; 2) Leading research and development on storage, hygiene, protection against infestation and drying and conditioning of the full range of cereals; 3) Supporting the development of best practice and technology for milling the full range of cereal crops to produce the highest quality achievable of feed and food.”
Roger is the publisher of Milling and Grain magazine and past-Secretary General of the International Feed Industry Federation
“Travelling widely within the food and feed milling industry brings home the important role technology plays in the production of sufficient and safe food that consumers can afford and rely upon. Not everyone has access to safe and nutritious food they can afford. M4L is charged with helping to relieve food poverty through the improvement of milling processes in disadvantaged countries. The correct handling and storage of grains, the adoption of modern flour milling practices and the production of scientifically formulated animal feeds all play a part in meeting a growing demand for food. Millers are involved in each step along the chain and play a critical role no matter where they are. Millers should support millers to make food available to all.”
Secretary/accounts and administration for GBTF, NAC and Springdale Farms.
CFO for AwF and M4L. Owner of Simply Special. 40 years in arable farming, with particular speciality in medicinal crops
“M4Life is such an important charity as it enables and empowers the disadvantaged to better perform through access to high levels of technology and trials for the production of more nutritious food and also creating better food security.”
Simon is a Director at Sherbornes Solicitors Ltd, Cheltenham, UK
Tuti is financial manager and responsible for magazine distribution at Perendale Publishers Ltd
“I come from a country that values every grain of rice. We have seen this value place on food in China where every soybean seed imported is collected and not wasted. Even small amounts of food have significant value in many countries where populations are growing rapidly. We are fortunate not to have to face these challenges in developed countries, however we have an obligation to reach out and help our colleagues in those countries less fortunate to do better, to improve their production systems and make their milled products more affordable – and safer. M4L can help through training, education and support. I like this concept because it’s industry helping itself and helping colleagues who are struggling to meet the challenges they face.”
Sven-Olof is head of Business Development for Animal Nutrition at Yara, Sweden
“From my full tenure of working with Yara, it is clear to me that certain feed ingredients are essential in rations for the efficient production of our formed animals everywhere, just as fertilisers are essential for the production of modern-day crops. We cannot expect to achieve the same efficiencies without using the same science and ration formulation that is used by those in the most advanced countries. Education and training is critically important in countries struggling to provide correctly formulated and nutritious feeds for their livestock. And simply growing better crops is not sufficient either. It is how they are handled and processed that’s just as important in meeting increased food demand from the limited resources we have. M4L is a Charity that can help the milling industry come together and overcome these challenges no matter where they occur.”
Milling4Life CIO is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered with the UK Charities Commission on April 24, 2017 (Number 1172699).