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Viña Ardanza brings solidarity to Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Haiti and DR Congo

La Rioja Alta, S.A. will allocate more than €130,000 this year to cooperation projects in the Third World under the Viña Ardanza Solidario programme. This unprecedented philanthropic initiative to co-finance agricultural projects in developing countries was launched by the winery in 2007. It is now in its thirteenth year, with an aggregate of €1,100,000 in aid provided by 1% of the firm’s annual net profits.

The Allocation Committee both decides on beneficiaries and carries out an exhaustive follow-up of grants. After studying all the proposals submitted by NGOs and Associations across Spain, it finally decided on the initiatives proposed by Zerca y Lejos in Cameroon, Oxfam Intermón in Burkina Faso, Manos Unidas in Haiti and África Directo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Zerca y Lejos is extremely grateful to La Rioja Alta, S.A. for “the opportunity of being able to continue supporting the autonomy of and food for the Baka pygmy populations in southern Cameroon” while África Directo underlined that Viña Ardanza Solidario “is a clear example of how private companies can make a commitment to achieving a juster world.” Oxfam Intermón highlighted the commitment of the Rioja House underscoring "it helps the most disadvantaged people on the planet, prioritising sustainability in the projects being supported", while Manos Unidas expressed their "gratitude for supporting a program that will benefit 550 people and will improve the lives of many Haitian families who are truly in need.”

Maite de Aranzabal, Director of La Rioja Alta, S.A. is in charge of the cooperation programme. She said that, as in previous years, this initiative, which was awarded the Empresa Social Award in 2017 by Fundación Mundo Ciudad “will also be open all year to the personal contributions of shareholders, directors, employees or other companies, whether with links to the company or otherwise.”She underscored that, “although we continue to launch and collaborate with very interesting initiatives in very needy places, there is unfortunately still much work to be done and many people to help and train to try to reduce the famine that still plagues the Third World.”