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World Food Day 2021

The United Nations’ World Food Day reminds us that the future of food is in our collective hands. Worldwide activities are promoting awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all.

At Barrick, food security is one of the investment focus areas of the Community Development Committee (CDC) at each of our operations. Grounded in the belief that no one knows the needs of local communities better than the communities themselves, the role of the CDC is to allocate the community development and investment budget to those initiatives most desired by the local community.

Here’s what we are doing this year for #WorldFoodDay.

Argentina

Good food practices

The Veladero operation brought together different local entrepreneurs in the Community of Iglesia, who are part of its sustainable development programs and work to supply food to the mine's dinners as well as to the tourists who come to the area, for a complete training on good food practices.

The common goal for both company and community are to continue strengthening local businesses and on World Food Day, the particular focus was on how to best manage the traceability of food, its preservation, and a special emphasis on avoiding food waste.

Osciel Cubillos Paredes produces potatoes, apples, citrus fruits, avocados and pears.

Chile

Alto del Carmen Valley

The Emprende Alto Social Program was established in 2020 by Barrick to help entrepreneurs from the Alto del Carmen valley create a small business or improve their existing one. Financial support for start-up activities is provided along with knowledge around developing a business model and accounting.

These communities were hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and this support has helped many to get back on their feet, including Osciel Cubillos Paredes, who produces potatoes, apples, citrus fruits, avocados and pears.

Dominican Republic

Eat healthy, live healthy

A workshop was held that focused on educating people from the communities near the Pueblo Viejo mine on how to choose foods that contribute to a healthy and sustainable life over time.

The workshop was organized in the Community Engagement and Development offices of Barrick Pueblo Viejo, with the assistance of about 150 people, taking into account preventive measures against Covid-19. Enyt Liz Hernandez, an experienced nutritionist who collaborates with Elever, was in charge of directing the educational activity.

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Recipients included an orphenage, a local school for children with disabilities and a home for senior citizens.

DRC

Kibali communities

World Food Day was celebrated around the Kibali operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with visits and donations of food to children and adults most in need in the local community.

Recipients included an orphanage, a local school for children with disabilities and a home for senior citizens.

Ivory Coast

Saint Camille psychiatric hospital

A delegation from the Tongon mine visited the residents of the Saint-Camille psychiatric hospital to mark World Food Day. Donations made up of rice, sugar, pasta, milk, oil and tomatoes were delivered.

The hospital, located in Korhogo, receives an average of 500 patients per year. It was opened in 2001 and is managed by Catholic nuns.

Barrick people from the Loulo-Gounkoto complex visited the nearby town of Kenieba on World Food Day with donations for people in need.

Mali

Kenieba communities

Barrick people from the Loulo-Gounkoto complex visited the nearby town of Kenieba on World Food Day with donations for people in need.

Saudi Arabia

Distributing essential food items

The Jabal Sayid operation participated in World Food Day by distributing food boxes filled with food items considered as essential in households in the local community such as rice, cooking oil, flour, dates and more.

Our partner for this effort was Al Bair Charity — a non profit social organization working to relieve poverty in Al Umq.

Barrick people from the Loulo-Gounkoto complex visited the nearby town of Kenieba on World Food Day with donations for people in need.

Tanzania

Bulyanhulu

The Bulyanhulu operation honoured World Food Day by providing food to students who are in their final year but have no food during their remedial classes. A donation included 7,000 kilograms of rice, 1,000 kilograms of flour, 1,000 kilograms of sugar and 1,000 litres of cooking oil.

In addition, lunch was served, and part of the donation also went to orphans assimilated into families in the community.

North Mara

At North Mara, foodstuffs including rice, sugar, maize flour, beans and cooking oil were supplied to Angel House Orphanage in Tarime Town.

These donations were also provided to several households in the villages surrounding the mine. The households were identified as at-need by the Tanzania Social Action Fund and were made up of six to ten people.

USA / Nevada

Friends in Services Helping (F.I.S.H.)

Nevada Gold Mines made a $25,000 contribution to Friends in Services Helping (F.I.S.H.), in addition to volunteering with their food distribution efforts. NGM is committed to helping support our communities in addressing their most fundamental needs — food security being one of them. Together, we can unite against hunger.

Nevada Gold Mines made a $25,000 contribution to Friends in Services Helping.

Zambia

Our actions are our future

With the theme "Our actions are our future — Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life", World Food Day was an important occasion for Barrick Lumwana in Zambia.

More than 4,000 bags of mealie meal and 4,000 jugs of cooking oil were provided to local community groups as well as the mine's employees and contractors.