BAT’s Group Operations Director Alan Davy explains why supporting sustainable agriculture remains such a priority, and how the company is responding to major issues impacting farming communities.
Why does BAT have such a strong focus on sustainable agriculture and farmer livelihoods?
Tobacco leaf remains at the core of our products, so the farmers who grow it are at the heart of our supply chain. Our sustainable agriculture objectives are fundamental to ensuring the continued success and long-term security of our business and, crucially, to fulfilling our role in wider society to support farmers and their communities, now and in the future.
Nestlé is investing in local actions to achieve global ambitions
By Shorouk Elkobrsi
From creating a safe haven for people and pets, to growing locally to provide work opportunities, to stewarding natural resources for future generations, we work around the clock to help our communities thrive. Below are stories from 5 communities where we are investing in local actions to achieve our global ambitions.
Providing Safe Shelter for People and Pets in New York
Commitment will accelerate preservation and rehabilitation of forests in Cote d'Ivoire & Ghana
MINNEAPOLIS, November 16, 2017 /3BL Media/ - General Mills joins leading companies in an agreement to end deforestation, protect national parks from illegal cocoa production and develop alternative livelihoods for affected smallholder farmers in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. The two countries produce nearly two-thirds of the world’s annual supply of cocoa. The far-reaching joint Frameworks for Action, led by the World Cocoa Foundation, was announced today at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.
Nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking North Cascades mountain range in western Washington’s Upper Skagit Valley, Cascadian Farm is now even more beautiful with the addition of a showy new meadow. Working with farm director Ashley Minnerath and farmer Clay Godbolt, Xerces designed the 1/4 acre meadow and site preparation process using only organic practices. The meadow is a welcome addition to the farm, attracting pollinators to the meadow and the adjacent blueberry crops. Also nearby is an ice cream stand – right in front of the meadow!
LONDON, November 13, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- British American Tobacco’s commitment to working to enable prosperous livelihoods for all farmers who supply our tobacco leaf is the focus of the latest report on Sustainable Agriculture and Farmer Livelihoods, available now.
For three weeks every month, Ray Archuleta captivates audiences with a few handfuls of soil. He begins with two clumps, dropping them into water. The soil from a farm where the soil isn’t tilled holds together, while the tilled soil immediately disperses, indicating poor soil structure. Next, volunteers from the audience — mostly farmers and ranchers — pour water over a soil that grew a variety of crops, and it runs right through.
As I walked through the verdant fields filled with a dazzling array of sorghum, hairy vetch, daikon radish, collards, cowpeas, clover, millet, kale, and other crops, I was struck by how different this field looked relative to so many other farms I've walked over the years. When we conducted a spade test, digging out a section of the soil with a simple tool, it revealed heavily clumped, rich brown matter with visible earthworms: soil life.
Organic food is growing in popularity. We can almost predict what’s next: “Regenerative agriculture.”
It’s a holistic approach to farming that could, among other things, halt and even reverse some of the food system’s contribution to climate change.
Here’s how it works:
One of the places carbon is naturally stored is in soil. When soil becomes depleted by certain farming practices, such as tilling, so does its carbon bank. When soil can’t store carbon, more carbon lives in the air and becomes a greenhouse gas that’s harmful to the environment.
SCS Global Services Certifies Gostwyck Partners’ Sustainable Land Stewardship and Humane Animal Husbandry
EMERYVILLE, Calif., October 11, 2017/3BL Media/ - Leading third-party certifier SCS Global Services (SCS) announced today that Gostwyck Partners’ sheep farm, located in Gostwyck, NSW, Australia, has achieved certification under the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). This historic farm, operating since 1834, has demonstrated that it meets all of the animal welfare and land management requirements of the RWS.