At Unilever, we are committed to the global goals for sustainable development. The existing food system is in need of some re-thinking in order to support healthy and sustainable diets from farm to fork, within earthly boundaries. Unilever is dedicated to the transition to sustainable farming by taking action in these 6 areas, which will help achieve climate and development goals to support nutrition for all.
- Livelihood of farmers
There are 80% of small holder farmers that are living in poverty. Studies have shown that for every 10% increase in farm yields, there has been a reduction in poverty across Africa and Asia.
- Water Management
Agriculture is responsible for using up to 70% of freshwater globally. Watershed management plans are critical in preserving the environmental, social and economic benefits of water.
- Animal Rearing
By adopting sustainable practices in the livestock sector, we could cut methane emissions by 41%.
- Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Ensuring that agriculture doesn’t intrude on forest habitats is essential to all species preservation and carbon sequestration.
- Waste Management
10-20% of Africa’s grain is lost after the harvest season. By improving harvesting techniques and storage infrastructure we could ensure that more food reaches people’s plates.
- Soil Management
Maintaining healthy soils could produce over 50% more food and also provide carbon sinks which help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.