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Food team successfully scale Kilimanjaro

Monday 03 October 2011 09:17

One-time NFU director general Richard Macdonald is among a team of 10 senior UK food executives who have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the charity FARM-Africa.


The team set out from Kibo Huts (4,700m above sea level) last Thursday (UK time) and reached the peak early on 30 September.

Their triumphant ascent followed a 1,200m climb in sub-zero temperatures and in oxygen-thin air. They were forced to endure driving hail and the penultimate part of the climb required the climbers to scramble up loose volcanic scree to reach the crater at Gilman's Point (5,700m above sea level).

From there they made a final push up to the summit at Uhuru Peak, a dizzying 5,896m above sea level.

The UK food sector executives came together to raise funds and awareness for African farmers, a crucial part of the global supply chain.

The challenge is in aid of FARM-Africa, a charity that works at grassroots level to ensure that more and more families in eastern Africa have food on the table.

"FARM-Africa is incredibly proud of the expedition team's achievement," said Nigel Harris, CEO of FARM-Africa.

"Their triumph is a powerful demonstration of the UK food sector's fantastic support for African farmers, who are a vital part of the global food supply chain. And what a fantastic team effort in training and taking on this epic journey to help raise awareness for the communities we work with."

The team members were: Mark Carr, group chief executive AB Sugar; Mike Coupe, group commercial director J Sainsbury's; Nigel Dunlop, CEO Moy Park and NED Warburton's; Iain Ferguson, NED Greggs, Balfour Beatty, Berendsen and former CEO Tate and Lyle; Andrew Cracknell, director Anglo Beef Processors; Richard Macdonald, NED Moy Park, Dairy Crest Foods and former director general, NFU; Martyn Wilks, executive managing director Dairy Crest Foods; Charles Reed, group managing director William Reed Business Media; Tim Smith, chief executive Food Standards Agency; Julian Marks, managing director, Barfoots of Botley.

The team has already raised £220,000. Find out more about their achievement and sponsor them here.

Read Farmers Weekly's exclusive interview with Richard Macdonald prior to setting off.

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