Heifer International’s Efforts in Arkansas and Appalachia

Zariq Siddiqui joined the healthcare company Abbott Laboratories Inc. in 1999 and currently serves as nutrition products senior manager in charge of sales operations and strategy. Apart from his professional responsibilities, Zariq Siddiqui supports Heifer International, a charitable organization that promotes sustainable agriculture intervention around the world.

Within the United States, Heifer International operates in Appalachia and Arkansas, two areas with high rates of food insecurity and extreme poverty. The program aims to build and strengthen local food systems by empowering small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs. Heifer’s five-year program in the region extends to all aspects of the food system, from growing and harvesting to packaging, transporting, and disposing of unused food.

The program will create Community Supported Agriculture Programs (CSAs) and train farmers in sustainable practices, as well as help with strategic business planning. The program will also establish farmers’ markets where growers can connect with community members and access wholesale markets.

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