FMC Corporation, a leading global agricultural sciences company, and The HALO Trust, a humanitarian non-governmental organization that protects lives and restores livelihoods of people affected by conflict, today announced a new collaboration to improve farm safety in Ukraine.
Under the umbrella of its Cultivating Freedom campaign, FMC will donate 3% of its 2023 sales revenue in Ukraine to significantly expand The HALO Trust's demining efforts in impacted regions throughout the country. With this funding, The HALO Trust will be able to considerably increase its capacity to remove landmines from Ukrainian farms.
"We are proud to announce our partnership with The HALO Trust—for more than three decades, their extensive demining activities have helped improve safety and the livelihoods in many countries that were impacted by conflicts," said Mark Douglas, FMC president and CEO. "This project not only ensures Ukrainian farmers can safely return to their fields for planting and harvest, but it also contributes to improving food security around the globe. Through this collaboration, we aspire to contribute to a future where farmers can cultivate their lands without fear of explosive remnants from the war and pave the way for robust reconstruction efforts that benefit farming communities and the entire country."
James Cowan, CEO of The HALO Trust, said: "We are extremely grateful for the generous commitment from FMC to fund our life-saving work in Ukraine. It will allow us to invest in the people, equipment and new technology needed for the enormous task of making Ukraine safe from landmines, bombs and shells. With FMC's support, we will deploy demining teams and critical demining equipment to clear land for Ukrainian farmers, their families, and their communities."
The collaboration between FMC and The HALO Trust will start in April in several communities across Ukraine.