Nutreco addresses the 2050 challenge: Doubling food production while halving the footprint

10th Sustainability Report and Feeding the Future booklet published
March 11, 2010

Nutreco addresses the 2050 challenge: Doubling food production while halving the footprint

Nutreco has published its tenth Sustainability Report, covering the year 2009. This marks a decade of reporting on sustainability in the animal nutrition sector, where Nutreco was a pioneer with this form of reporting. Simultaneously Nutreco published 'Feeding the Future', a booklet that addresses the challenge of feeding nine billion people by 2050 sustainably. In 2009 Nutreco made a strategic choice to embed sustainability in the Nutreco business model. During this year a Sustainability Policy was developed, which will provide a structure and direction for such sustainability actions at all levels in Nutreco.
Wout Dekker, Nutreco CEO: "Throughout the ten years of reporting on sustainability, Nutreco has organised the alternating Agri Vision and AquaVision multi-stakeholder conferences to provide a neutral forum to discuss strategic issues. Never have we discussed a more important topic than at Agri Vision 2009 where 375 leaders of agribusinesses from 44 countries debated the potential for feeding the world in 2050. Population numbers are increasing towards nine billion by 2050 and incomes are rising as economies develop. With more money, people consume more protein as meat, fish, milk and eggs. The challenge is to double food production while halving the footprint.

The outcome of the Agri Vision conference was strongly positive. Leaders in business, agriculture, science and NGOs worldwide collectively communicated confidence that we can. To share that optimism about the potential to feed nine billion people in 2050 in a sustainable way and to generate greater awareness of the sense of urgency for action, Nutreco recently published the booklet 'Feeding the Future'. This booklet brings together the views of key speakers and many other top world leaders in agriculture, business, NGOs and science.
"The challenge is clear. More food must be produced more sustainably - more from less. Efficiency is key; delivering more from limited resources and simultaneously reducing emissions to land, air and water. The social standing and appreciation of farmers should be raised as they will deliver a significant part of the productivity increase and sustainability gain. And we need to invest to generate new knowledge on agriculture and aquaculture. Nutreco feels a responsibility and is determined to make a positive contribution to doubling the food production while halving the footprint."
Download the Nutreco Sustainability Report 2009 from the link below (PDF).