12 cocoa and choc companies agree to end deforestation

Twelve of the world's leading cocoa and chocolate companies agreed to a statement of collective intent committing them to work together, in partnership with others, to end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain, with an initial focus on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

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Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign

Walmart aspires to provide 4 billion meals to those who need them in the U.S. from 2015 to 2020 via grants from the Walmart Foundation and food donations from our Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs, and distribution centres.

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275-300 stores in “food deserts”

Walmart opened stores, in both urban and rural areas, providing access to groceries for more than 800,000 people living in food deserts and creating about 40,000 full- and part-time jobs with competitive wages and the opportunity to build a career with the company.

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Sustainable Food

By forming direct connections between farmers, markets and training, Walmart aims at strengthening local economies, providing access to affordable food and establishing supply chain transparency.

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Innovating to feed the world

DuPont committed $10 billion to research and development for innovations that will produce more food, enhance nutritional value, improve agriculture sustainability, boost food safety, extend food freshness and reduce waste.

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Engaging and educating youth

With an initial focus on Ukraine and Brazil, DuPont works with youth to educate them about food security and encourages them to become tomorrow’s leaders in the agriculture industry.

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Improving rural communities

DuPont has committed to improving the livelihoods of at least 3 million farmers and their rural communities by the end of 2020 by helping them to strengthen agricultural systems and improve productivity.

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Providing micronutrients to children in Kenya

Phillips Healthcare Services Ltd. (PHSL) joined the Business Call to Action in 2014 with a commitment to provide micronutrient powder (MNP) to children aged 6–59 months in Kenya. PHSL aims to provide 150,000 Kenyan children with MNP by 2018.

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Micronutrient fortification

Nestlé aims at reaching 200 billion micronutrient-fortified servings of foods and beverages annually worldwide, helping to address global micronutrient deficiencies with a special focus on children and women of childbearing age.

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Smallholder Sourcing for Dried Foods

In December 2013, Taze Kuru Gida Inc. joined the Business Call to Action with a commitment to source from 100 smallholder farmers in Turkey to produce high quality, healthy dried foods using environmentally friendly geothermal energy.

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Providing financing for Kenyan smallholder farmers

Juhudi Kilimo provides asset financing and technical assistance to smallholder farmers throughout Kenya. Among its goals, expanding asset financing and technical assistance to rural farmers benefiting 500,000 rural Kenyans in all, and increasing the incomes of the farmers Juhudi supports by 50 per cent.

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Coffee sustainability

McDonald’s trains 13,000 farmers in Guatemala and Central America to produce coffee more sustainably while simultaneously increasing crop yields. This added technical assistance will help strengthen the local economy, improving the lives of many smallholders.

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Animal nutrition

Novozymes, in partnership with BioAg Alliance and Climate Smart Agriculture LcTPi, works to add exogenous enzymes to animal feed to improve its digestibility and allow greater nutrient absorption, enabling farmers to produce more with less in a more economical and sustainable way.

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Sustainable agriculture project

Through the Sustainable Livestock initiative, Dow AgroSciences collaborated with Farmers Edge (a world leader in precision agronomy) and Irriger (a Brazilian group specialized in irrigation management) to develop a more sustainable beef and milk production system in the region. Specifically, state-of-the-art precision agriculture and advanced expertise was provided to farmers in Mato Grosso, Brazil to reduce GHG emissions from farming by introducing variable rate agricultural practices.

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Recovery of degraded pastureland in Mato Grosso, Brazil

Dow, partnering with Roncador agriculture group, developed a project aimed at reducing GHG emissions by restoring degraded pasture land through weed control and seed solutions that enable soil to capture more carbon. The project offers educational and consulting services to farms within the region, advising on techniques and benefits of intensifying livestock production.

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Versatile packaging technologies for food

Dow working with film manufacturers in five countries (Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico and Colombia) wants to accelerate the adoption of a Dow technology (Microfoaming) that not only contributes to less energy intensive packaging, but also enables an enhanced sustainability profile while offering the same protection and conservation properties.

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Fonterra Dairy Development Program

Fonterra works with smallholder dairy farmers in high-value markets such as Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and China to support improved productivity, profitability and sustainability through improving animal health and welfare, forage systems, and milk quality and safety.

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Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain

IBM and Mars, Inc. researchers are harvesting and sequencing the DNA and RNA of simple food samples to determine where anomaly and selection occur when paired with common organisms or genes, toxins, and heavy metals. The index produced from this study will result in a "microbial baseline," which food and health officials can use to understand what triggers contamination and the spread of disease.

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