Our second post in our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) series places Goal 2 in the spotlight. Of all the 17 goals, this is one of the most relevant to our work at Netafim.
Goal 2 is a call to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”. It is supported by 5 specific targets that include ensuring infants receive nutritious food, ending malnutrition, advancing resilient agricultural practices, maintaining genetic diversity of cultivated plants and by 2030, doubling the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers. Augmenting agricultural productivity with the same or fewer resources has long been an explicit objective of Netafim. We see our unique contribution as providing the technology and know-how that will help our customers in many countries – grow more with less.
We have hundreds – perhaps thousands – of examples of how our support for farmers has delivered bigger, better quality yields and enabled them to earn more from their land and produce. One example is that of a farmer from South Africa, Bruce Nicholson. He confirms achieving a 25% increase in sugarcane yields through the use of the latest Netafim drip technology. Bruce talks about this inspirational improvement in yields alongside efficiencies in water, energy and fertilizer use. The bottom line: drip irrigation provides a major contribution to this farmer’s ability to earn a sustainable livelihood, improves food supply and food security and delivers significant benefits for the environment. On the journey to ending hunger, sustainable agriculture through drip irrigation is an essential step. Check out Bruce’s story in the video below:
Stay tuned for more stories as we continue to explore our relationship with the SDGs and highlight the sustainable development impacts of our work in tens of countries with tens of thousands of smallholder farmers.
Read more posts in our “Advancing the SDGs” series.