February 25, 2016

26/02/2016: Loaves and Fishes - A new charity for milling and aquaculture

“Milling for Life" is the proud charitable partner of Aquaculture without Frontiers CIO that operates jointly under the name of "Two Loaves and Five Fishes Foundation, which is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in the UK with the registered charity number 1165727

A new UK charity has been set up with the dual objective of assisting the development of both milling and aquaculture in developing countries. This unique program created under Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF UK), has this week been confirmed as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered under the UK Charity Commission.

Initially called ‘Two Loaves and Five Fishes Foundation,’ the charity will attract donators, sponsors and supporters to engage in either milling and/or aquaculture programs as they are established.

Roger Gilbert is the inaugural Chairman and Trustee for AwF (UK) CIO. He is publisher and CEO of Perendale Publishers Limited which produces Milling and Grain magazine (first published in 1891) and its sister publication International Aquafeed along with The International Milling and Grain Directory. All three publications focus on storage, processing and transportation technologies, and nutrition, as they relate to milling and animal feeding.

Mr Gilbert says, “Milling is pivotal to affordable, safe and plentiful food supplies - from flour, cereal and rice-based foodstuffs to animal feed rations, our publications deal in technological advancement throughout the transport, storage and production chain and in nutritional developments that improve the efficiency and safety of food production globally.

“As the industry’s oldest magazine, we are particularly keen to see the continued and timely transfer of that information to the developing countries of the world where it can make a significant difference in protein food supplies. We plan to base our activities around the name 'Milling for Life'.


“From my long career in running the International Feed Industry Federation to my current position as publisher of a magazine that has assisted industry in meeting food challenges of the past, I consider milling as a cornerstone to sound, safe and affordable food for all. Helping millers advance in developing countries is the goal of this new charity and we look forward to receiving industry and individual support for our programs as they are formulated and introduced.

The charity will also address aquaculture and its development in developing countries through the organisation Aquaculture without Frontiers, he adds.

‘International Aquafeed magazine is committed to supporting AwF through AwF UK CIO."

Executive Director, Roy Palmer, who is also a trustee of the new charity, and director of AwF globally says of the UK development, “Our first actions will be to establish a strong, skilled Board and to start the process to undertake project work which is consistent with AwF (UK)’s objects.

“Now that we have the approval in place we can start getting our plans moving. The UK will allow us to have that north-south type of arrangement, through which we can utilize connections that are already there in the UK with Africa and build relationships.

“Cliff Spencer, CEO of the United Nations-backed Global Biotechnology Transfer Foundation and goodwill ambassador for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has agreed to join the charity’s new board. We are also very thankful for the effort of Simon Birks, Director, Sherbornes Solicitors Limited, in being very thorough with the administration involved in setting up a charity and we are pleased to report that he will be working with us into the future. ”

The news came through whilst both Messrs Gilbert and Palmer were attending the Aquaculture 2016 in Las Vegas and in good time for the US-Global AwF Board meeting which is being held in Boston on March 7, 2016.

AwF (UK) CIO will have a few differences to AwF (USA-Global) and AwF (Australia) in that it will connect with both the milling and grain industry as well as its usual connections with the seafood industry.

They discussed the new organization, following the announcement, in a short video which can be viewed HERE.


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