Press Releases

Monthly press releases about what's going on with Heifer projects and programs.

IFF 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

LES CAYES, Haiti

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. “Livestock is a vehicle to support families and communities, provide highly nutritious foods, empower women, and manage economic risk,” said Pierre Ferrari, CEO of Heifer International. “Coupling livestock with improvements in the quality of the vetiver crop through optimized conservation practices makes Vetiver Together a true example of the good that can happen when multi-stakeholder partnerships are managed and executed with care.”

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New South Produce Cooperative receives $30,000 donation from Farm Credit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.

Three new cooling trailers now transport local produce from New South Produce Cooperative member farms to consumers and farmers’ markets across the state. The trailers are a result of a $30,000 donation from Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit Midsouth and AgriBank, their St. Paul, Minnesota-based funding bank.

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Heifer International Announces Bitcoin Donation Method

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.

Heifer International announced today that it is accepting bitcoin donations through a partnership with BitPay, the world’s leading bitcoin payment processor. Donors will have the option to select bitcoin, in addition to traditional payment methods, when they give through Heifer.org.

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Hilton Prize Coalition Releases Film Highlighting Role of Development Organizations in Response to Nepal Earthquake

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.

Heifer International is one of six development organizations featured in the Hilton Prize Coalition documentary, “On Shifting Ground.” The film highlights disaster relief efforts following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015. The earthquake and aftershocks killed more than 8,000 people and injured nearly 21,000.

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Heifer International Board of Directors Names Tom Hadfield to Membership

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.

In the professional marketplace, Hadfield is CEO of Message.io, a technology start-up headquartered in Austin, Texas. As a citizen of the world, he is keenly aware of complexities that accompany the global issues of hunger and poverty. To create a lasting impact himself, Hadfield has been instrumental in launching several social ventures to help better the lives of individuals in Africa and worldwide.

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Heifer International Celebrates ‘Feast in the Field’

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.

Friday will mark the 4th annual “Beyond Hunger: Feast in the Field” fundraiser benefiting Heifer projects right here in Arkansas. The event will take place on grounds of Heifer Village, behind Heifer International headquarters, 1 World Ave., and the reception to begin at 6:30 p.m. Mallory Brooks and David Bazzel will be the emcees, and guests will be treated to music by The GroanUps. Those in attendance will also hear from Melanie Ward, an Arkansas farmer and the board chair of the Heifer-supported Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative.

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Emmy Award Winning Actress Uzo Aduba Visits Heifer International Farmers in Uganda

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.

Emmy Award winning actress Uzo Aduba just returned from a Heifer International visit in Uganda where she got an in-depth look at Heifer’s projects with farmers, who are working toward securing a living income as part of the organization’s goal to lift 4 million families out of poverty by 2020. During her trip, Aduba witnessed the impact of Heifer’s work when she met with farmers, participated in a Passing on the Gift® ceremony and helped process milk at a community-owned dairy center.

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Heifer International to host 4th Annual ‘Beyond Hunger: Feast in the Field’ Fundraiser

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.

The 4th annual “Beyond Hunger: Feast in the Field” will benefit Heifer projects right here in Arkansas through local agriculture and economic development. Guests are encouraged to dress in all-white dress casual attire and will enjoy an outdoor evening featuring a locally sourced, family style dinner. In keeping with Heifer International’s mission of caring for the Earth, Feast in the Field will be a “zero-waste” event using only reusable, recycled, and compostable products.

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National CSA Sign Up Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.

Buying local food is increasing in popularity across the state and Heifer International, in collaboration with Foodshed Farms, makes it easy to get connected. The Foodshed Farms CSA, which stands for community supported agriculture, brings together consumers and farmers enabling them to purchase a “share” of weekly produce delivered to several locations in Central Arkansas.

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Heifer International Awarded $1.5 Million Grant to Expand Disaster Risk Reduction Work

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.

Heifer International has received a $1.5 million grant to help fund phase two of the RISE-UP: Resilience Initiatives through Sustainable Enterprises and Upgrade of Community Preparedness project. The money will extend work in the Philippines while expanding the work to Guatemala, two of the most disaster-prone countries in which we work. 

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