A group of 10 top UK food and drink industry executives will fly out to Africa this week to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the continent's highest peak, in aid of the FARM-Africa charity.

The party, which includes Sainsbury's group commercial director Mike Coupe, AB Sugar CEO Mark Carr, Moy Park CEO Nigel Dunlop and Charles Reed, MD of William Reed Business Media, publishers of The Grocer, will leave the UK on Thursday, two days before setting out on the eight-day climb on 24 September.

Former NFU director Richard Macdonald organised the fundraising trip to support FARM-Africa, which works with subsistence farmers in East Africa. The team has so far raised £200,000 for the charity.

Ahead of the climb, the team gathered in London on Monday for a pre-expedition dinner hosted by Michael Palin, who is FARM-Africa's patron. The actor regaled the party with tales and anecdotes from his travels through the Himalayas and Africa.

You can follow the team's progress by visiting the blog at: www.kiliclimb-farmafrica.org.uk.