WCK Commits $4 Million To Food Security In Puerto Rico
Plow to Plate, World Central Kitchen's principal long-term program in Puerto Rico, has a brighter future than ever. Last month at the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network meeting on Post Disaster Recovery, WCK announced its commitment to operate the program through at least 2023, which supports smallholder farmers and businesses with the goal of increasing food security and sustainability in Puerto Rico.
Having already dedicated $2 million of donor support to the program, WCK pledged to raise another $2 million over the next four years to provide smallholder farmers with grants to increase their productive capacity and training to advance their access to markets. WCK has also developed an agro-tourism volunteer program that aims to connect visitors with farmers and other small businesses around the island as they look for opportunities to help with the island's ongoing hurricane recovery efforts.
During their time in Puerto Rico, President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited one of WCK's Plow to Plate partner farms. Led by Franco Medina, Cosechas Terra Viva leverages technology like the "Internet Of Farming" (open-source data that allows farmers to share information) to maximize land use, conserve water, and increase productivity.
With WCK's support, Cosechas Terra Viva invested in the remodeling of a health-compliant post-harvest station that will improve the quality of harvested products and comply with local and federal food handling regulations. One investment is a washing machine converted into a large-scale salad spinner — an innovation that President Clinton found highly impressive and indicative of the ingenuity of smallholder farmers.
To date, WCK has awarded $547,000 to 35 grantees that are leading the future of Puerto Rico's agriculture industry. View our interactive booklet below to learn more about our grantees and their vision to make the island more sustainable and food-secure.