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Protecting Worker Bees Around the World

by Florian Trohay
Blog

Every third bite we take of food is the work of pollinators. Yet increasing stress on bee hives and habitat impacts agriculture as earth’s population keeps growing.

The health of our food chain is at stake without the work of pollinators. As a food company, we rely on Mother Nature and her creatures to thrive.

Pentair and Urban Organics Open Second Commercial-Scale, Indoor Aquaponics Farm in St. Paul, Minn.

87,000-square-foot urban farm will produce 275,000 pounds of fish and 475,000 pounds of organic produce annually
Press Release

LONDON, June 1, 2017 /3BL Media/– Pentair, a global leader in sustainable water solutions, and aquaponics farming innovator Urban Organics, are opening a new, 87,000-square-foot indoor aquaponics farm in St. Paul, Minn. As one of the largest commercial aquaponics facilities in the world, the urban farm has the capacity to grow 275,000 pounds of fish and 475,000 pounds of organic produce annually.

Qualcomm Announces Top Eight Finalists for Cycle I of Qualcomm Design in India Challenge II

Summary: 
  • Reiterates Commitment to Support Digital India
  • Eight shortlisted start-ups will receive seed funding of USD $10,000 each, to enable them to translate ideas to working prototypes
  • Top two winners of Cycle I will receive prize money of USD $75,000 each
Press Release
  • Reiterates Commitment to Support Digital India
  • Eight shortlisted start-ups will receive seed funding of USD $10,000 each, to enable them to translate ideas to working prototypes
  • Top two winners of Cycle I will receive prize money of USD $75,000 each

We Mean Business When it Comes to Climate Change

by Jerry Lynch, Chief Sustainability Officer at General Mills
Blog

These days, it’s nearly impossible to open up a paper, news website or even Twitter and not see mention of a climate-related issue. People everywhere – concerned citizens to climate scientists to federal legislators – are trying to understand what to make of it and what to do about it. According to NASA’s scientific-based evidence, climate change is real and is happening as 2016 was our warmest year to date.

Olam International Combines Financial and Sustainability Reporting to Highlight Importance of Creating Holistic Value

Article

Olam International has merged its Annual Report with its Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report for the first time, reflecting the interdependence of economic, social and environmental performance for the global agri-business and the importance of creating value across all three fronts.

Not Just For Foreign Foods: Fair-Trade Label Comes To U.S. Farms

Article

Workers at a tomato farm in Nogales, Ariz., got a check this month for more than $30,000. And they expect more money to come.

The approximately 130 workers of Wholesum Harvest are still deciding how to spend the money, but they say their initial priorities include subsidizing transportation, recreation areas and medical insurance.

Strengthening Supply Chains to Nourish a More Urban World

By Joe Stone, Cargill Corporate Senior Vice President
Blog

In an increasingly urbanized world, we need to nourish people today and build the sustainable systems necessary to provide for future generations.

At Cargill, we have been engaged in the global food system for more than 150 years. Our experience makes us optimistic about the ability of large-scale and smallholder farmers to nourish the nine billion people projected to live on the planet by 2050.

SERVIR West Africa | Assisting Governments to Take Advantage of Publicly Available Data

Assisting governments and other decision-makers to take advantage of publicly available satellite imagery, geospatial data, and maps to inform decision making
Article

Changing climate and strained ecological systems in West Africa intensify pressure from population growth, urbanization, and conflict over resources, all of which pose a substantial threat to economic growth and people in the region. Communities face recurring droughts, floods, food insecurity and famine, and population displacement. The effect of precipitation and long-term shifts in temperatures on hydrogeology, crop pests, and land use are more difficult to model and predict.

West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change Project | Combatting Wildlife Trafficking, Increasing Coastal Resilience, and Reducing Biodiversity Loss

Combatting wildlife trafficking, increasing coastal resilience and reducing deforestation, forest degradation, and biodiversity loss
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Many of West Africa’s 340 million residents are facing serious risks due to a rapidly changing climate. A series of interconnected direct and indirect drivers of resource degradation—illegal and unsustainable logging, wildlife poaching and trafficking, poverty, population growth, and weak governance—threaten the sustainability of key transboundary resources; undermine the ability of the region’s human and natural systems to respond and adapt to anthropogenic shocks and stressors; and in turn, compromise sustained and broad-based economic growth.

Indonesia: LESTARI | Reducing GHG Emissions and Conserving Biodiversity

Reducing GHG emissions and conserving biodiversity in carbon-rich and biologically significant forest and mangrove ecosystems
Article

Indonesia is considered a mega-diverse country, with 17,493 tropical islands containing some of the highest levels of biological diversity across the globe. This rich diversity includes critically endangered species, such as rhinos, tigers, elephants, and orangutans. However, unsustainable land clearing for plantation development, especially for the palm oil industry, has led to increased deforestation and degradation of critical forestlands. Tetra Tech is implementing the U.S.

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