Devenish Nutrition

Devenish is a farming & food company employing over 450 staff globally and exporting to 35 countries.

Background

Devenish has headquarters in Belfast but has four other sites within UK and a further five sites located in USA, Middle East and Africa. With a turnover of £200m it has a strong focus on ‘Making a Difference’ to the lives of people locally, internationally and internally.

Devenish is committed to developing innovative scientific food solutions to improve human health and contribute to the support of global food security.

What Devenish Nutrition did

While continuing to support many local initiatives such as The Prince’s Trust and RDS, Devenish is involved in two key areas internationally: Farm Africa and Hoima Project.

Through its One Health strategy, it supports local farmers in Africa, growing their business and ensuring sustainable farming.

Working with its charity partner Farm Africa, it has invested heavily to make Ugandan farming more economically sustainable whilst delivering significant improvements to the local community in terms of employment, direct and indirect, infrastructure.

This project also impacts on the employees of Devenish globally; many of whom now have a tangible connection to the developing world for the first time. Staff are learning about the economic and cultural challenges that exist in Africa which could give them a different perspective on the world they inhabit.

Devenish has continued to lead employee engagement with several projects such as Kilimanjaro, Uganda to Kenya trek, and the Tanzania Beehive Build.

It promotes the work it is doing in Africa among its clients in the UK and elsewhere so that these people are aware that they are part of a broader mission positively changing lives on the continent.

Impacts and Outcomes

  • Invested heavily to make Ugandan farming more economically sustainable whilst delivering a significant improvement to the local community in Uganda in terms of employment and infrastructure
  • Provided power for the first time for first time to 15 homes in Kibati
  • Engaged 77 farmers with training and advice services in 2017
  • Supported GAA clubs both financially and with nutritional food supplements
  • Raised more than £100K for its charity partner

For more information, email gillian.mcauley@devenish.com