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World Water Day: Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, Target Dive Into New Projects, Targets
World Water Day: Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, Target Dive Into New Projects, Targets

COLLABORATION - From social media campaigns to water conservation projects and efficiency improvements across their supply chains, top brands announced all sorts of initiatives today in celebration of World Water Day — a new water management tool from Kimberly-Clark and Deltares, projects from PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy, goals from Gap Inc. and Target, and campaign from Absolut Elyx and Water For People, just to name a few.

AB InBev Brews Up New Sustainability Goals, Innovation Accelerator to Tackle Global Challenges
AB InBev Brews Up New Sustainability Goals, Innovation Accelerator to Tackle Global Challenges

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Having achieved all of its previous sustainability goals over the past decade, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is hitting refresh on its sustainability goals, announcing a new set of 2025 targets for smart agriculture, water stewardship, circular packaging and climate action.

World Water Day: PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy Announce New Water Conservation Projects in Southwestern States
World Water Day: PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy Announce New Water Conservation Projects in Southwestern States

PRESS RELEASE - To mark World Water Day this week, PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy today announced new projects to conserve and replenish water in the Southwestern United States, marking the next stage of their multi-year national collaboration. PepsiCo works with The Nature Conservancy as part of the Salt Verde Alliance to help to protect communities and the environment in the Salt and Verde river valleys, Arizona. Together, they enable the implementation of local solutions to improve water efficiency and replenish local watersheds.

Trending: Urban Farming, Insects Emerging as Cornerstones of Sustainable Food Future
Trending: Urban Farming, Insects Emerging as Cornerstones of Sustainable Food Future

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - With the world population projected to reach 10 billion by 2050, 70 percent more food will be needed, making sustainable food and agricultural solutions an imperative. Urban farming and alternative proteins are emerging as viable and intelligent approaches to meet growing nutritional demands with minimal environmental impacts.

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DanoneWave Gives Regenerative Ag Boost with New Soil Health Initiative
DanoneWave Gives Regenerative Ag Boost with New Soil Health Initiative

SUPPLY CHAIN - Crop diversity and water conservation are critical aspects of sustainable agriculture, but to truly future-fit our food system, ensuring soil health is imperative. To do this, DanoneWave has launched a new soil health initiative to build best-in-class programs to support sustainable agriculture in its farming communities.

Campbell Releases 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report
Campbell Releases 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report

PRESS RELEASE - Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) today released its 10th Corporate Responsibility report, detailing the company’s fiscal year 2017 achievements and outlining new sustainability goals and strategies that further integrate accountability and transparency across the Campbell business. “As a purpose-driven company committed to making real food accessible to more people, our sustainability strategy is focused on four areas – how Campbell’s food is grown, sourced, produced and shared,” said Dave Stangis, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer. “Our new areas of focus allow Campbell to leverage existing capabilities while exploring additional opportunities to accelerate our impact and drive value for Campbell’s stakeholders.”

Kashi Certified Transitional Program Increases 400% in Just 2 Years
Kashi Certified Transitional Program Increases 400% in Just 2 Years

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Kashi continues to expand its Certified Transitional portfolio, announcing that with the support of consumers, it will now source Certified Transitional ingredients from more than 4,200 acres of farmland across the US — a 400 percent increase since the start of the program in 2016. Participating farmers have received more than $1 million to support their transition from conventional to organic.

Forum for the Future Sheds Light on Global Trends Shaping the Future of Sustainability
Forum for the Future Sheds Light on Global Trends Shaping the Future of Sustainability

THE NEXT ECONOMY - In a new report, Forum for the Future calls on leaders to better understand the dynamic trends that are shaping the future in order to create strategies that effectively navigate today’s complex challenges and unlock new opportunities for sustainability.

Unilever and PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) reach agreement to accelerate production of sustainable palm oil in Indonesia
Unilever and PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) reach agreement to accelerate production of sustainable palm oil in Indonesia

PRESS RELEASE - Davos, Switzerland – Unilever and Indonesian government-owned palm oil plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together in Indonesia to support local mills and smallholder farmers to produce palm oil according to the standards of no deforestation, no development on peat and no exploitation of people and communities (NDPE). This produce-protect partnership will help farmers to increase their yields and improve their livelihoods.

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WaterBit Uses AT&T Connectivity in Smart Irrigation Solution
WaterBit Uses AT&T Connectivity in Smart Irrigation Solution

PRESS RELEASE - WaterBit and AT&T are making automated irrigation easier for growers. WaterBit chose AT&T to provide highly secure connectivity to its autonomous irrigation solution. The smart irrigation solution helps farmers increase yield and conserve resources. In-field data collection of soil moisture and nutrients gives farmers near real-time insight into crop conditions. Integrating data collection with WaterBit’s cloud-based software lets growers monitor and analyze soil moisture, as well as plan and control irrigation with pinpoint accuracy. “With WaterBit, precision and science will better inform water delivery and translate into higher yields that can be sustained," said Chandler Bennett, production manager at Madison Farms - WaterBit customer.

Next Step to Eliminating Food Waste? Making It Relevant, Surmountable to Farmers
Next Step to Eliminating Food Waste? Making It Relevant, Surmountable to Farmers

WASTE NOT - Globally, food loss and waste prevention efforts at farm and production level are, in many respects, still in their infancy. Many growers around the world are not required to record or report on their post-harvest crop losses — the dearth of data in this area makes it hard to determine exactly how much food never makes it beyond the farm gate.

‘Speed Breeding’ Could Hold Key to the Future of Food Security
‘Speed Breeding’ Could Hold Key to the Future of Food Security

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Between climate change and a rapidly expanding population, the future of food security is uncertain. Scientists at the John Innes Center, University of Queensland and University of Sydney have been working around the clock to develop a new “speed breeding” technique that could prove promising in helping feed the nine billion people excepted to inhabit this planet by 2050 in the face of unpredictable climatic conditions.

Cargill, Techstars Aim to Future-Fit the Food System with Farm-to-Fork Accelerator
Cargill, Techstars Aim to Future-Fit the Food System with Farm-to-Fork Accelerator

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Cargill is betting on tech to future-fit the food system: the agricultural giant has partnered with Techstars and Ecolab to launch the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator in an effort to accelerate food industry innovation. Based in Minneapolis, MN, the Accelerator will kick off in the summer of 2018.

RSPO Launches New Network to Accelerate Sustainable Palm Oil, But Is It Enough?
RSPO Launches New Network to Accelerate Sustainable Palm Oil, But Is It Enough?

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - A key ingredient in everything from beauty products to detergents and even ice cream, palm oil is an important commodity that generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. However, unsustainable palm oil production practices are the root cause of considerable environmental and social risks. Efforts to address issues such as deforestation and human rights violations are on the rise as a result of increasing pressure from consumers and investors, as well as a growing awareness of the threat inaction poses to future business, yet a sustainable palm oil industry is still a long way off.

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Trending: High-Tech Shipping Crates, Precision Technology Poised to Revolutionize Urban Ag
Trending: High-Tech Shipping Crates, Precision Technology Poised to Revolutionize Urban Ag

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Between a growing global population — which is estimated to reach 9.5 billion by 2050 — rapid urbanization and climate change, shifting agricultural to a more sustainable model is essential for safeguarding the future of our food system. Startups in the United States and Singapore are ready to rise to the challenge, championing food sustainability through new technologies and infrastructure solutions designed with urban environments in mind.

Provenance Partners with Unilever, Sainsbury’s, Banks, to Aid Smallholder Farmers
Provenance Partners with Unilever, Sainsbury’s, Banks, to Aid Smallholder Farmers

SUPPLY CHAIN - Provenance is leading a new collaboration of fintech startups to test whether blockchain technology can help unlock financial incentives that improve transparency and sustainability in agricultural supply chains.

Nestlé, Danone, M&S Among Few Companies Walking the Talk on Ending Deforestation
Nestlé, Danone, M&S Among Few Companies Walking the Talk on Ending Deforestation

SUPPLY CHAIN - As an issue putting nearly a trillion dollars at risk, deforestation has quickly become a front-of-mind concern for businesses dependent on forest-risk commodities, such as timber, palm oil and cocoa. However, new data released by the Forest 500 shows that the 250 companies with the greatest influence over forests are failing to adequately address deforestation risks, and will not meet 2020 goals to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains.

Trending: Cocoa Giants Embrace Sustainability, But Consumers Remain Key to Lasting Progress
Trending: Cocoa Giants Embrace Sustainability, But Consumers Remain Key to Lasting Progress

SUPPLY CHAIN - The cocoa industry is undoubtedly changing for the better, but the road to a sustainable sector is a long one. According to industry experts, long-term, sustainable change can’t be made without paying farmers a premium.

Why Do Small, Rural Family Landowners Matter to the Global Supply Chain?
Why Do Small, Rural Family Landowners Matter to the Global Supply Chain?

SUPPLY CHAIN - Approximately 21 million Americans own woodlands in the United States. Collectively, these family-owned forests account for nearly 290 million acres, or more than one-third of U.S. forests — more than the federal government or the forest industry. What’s more important for supply chain and sustainability managers, is that 50 percent of the wood flowing into your supply chains originates from these family-owned forests.

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New BASF Rice Knowledge Center to help farmers in Asia boost yields and reduce emissions
New BASF Rice Knowledge Center to help farmers in Asia boost yields and reduce emissions

PRESS RELEASE - BASF inaugurated a new Rice Knowledge Center at its Agricultural Research Station in Bay, Laguna, Philippines. The new facility centralizes BASF’s global expertise in rice cultivation, and supports the delivery of enhanced agronomic and technical support to farmers seeking to increase productivity more sustainably. “Rice is the staple food of more than half the world’s population, and farmers have an extraordinary challenge to meet growing demand for rice, while minimizing the impact to the environment,” said Gustavo Palerosi Carneiro, Senior Vice President, Crop Protection, Asia Pacific, BASF. “The new BASF Rice Knowledge Center will enable us to share the latest technologies and best practices with growers, so that we can drive further innovation in rice production.”

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