Cargill's role

Acting on our vision to be the global leader in nourishing people

Cargill is committed to nourishing the world’s growing population while at the same time protecting the planet. We are leveraging our leadership in food and agriculture to tackle the complex challenge of feeding the world sustainably. About half of Cargill’s global workforce is in the developing world. These employees are helping improve the quality of local agriculture and managing food-processing facilities that give local communities access to safe, affordable food. This focus on the basic infrastructure of the global food supply chain is the core of our business.

Advocating for policies that let markets work and enable farmers to thrive

We advocate for policies that increase overall food security and support agricultural development through the promotion of trust-based open trade, efficient local markets, safety nets for producers and consumers, and the removal of obstacles that serve as disincentives for private sector investments in agriculture. 

Expanding access to food, improving nutrition and pursuing partnerships to end hunger

Cargill businesses contribute to food security by providing consumers with nutritious food that helps improve diets for healthier lives. We also collaborate with partners in the public and private sectors to find long-term solutions to hunger and ensure all people have access to safe, nutritious and affordable food. Over the last five years, Cargill has contributed more than $83 million to reduce hunger and improve nutrition around the world through partnerships with a diverse group of global, national and local organizations. Cargill employees also provide hands-on support to local organizations by making contributions and volunteering in activities that address both immediate needs and long-term solutions to end hunger.

Increasing agricultural productivity and incomes while ensuring responsible use of natural resources

Our ability to feed the world depends on successful farmers at every level of production – from commercial-scale farming to smallholders. Each year, we work directly with millions of farmers to help them raise more food more sustainably, reach more markets, receive fair pricing and improve their standards of living. We continue to develop more efficient methods of moving food from areas of surplus to areas of deficit by building supply chains that are efficient enough to help farmers sell their crops for more; and to help consumers buy their food for less. And we are developing solutions that reduce demands on the environment as populations and incomes continue to grow. We support programs that improve understanding of climate science and its impact on crop yields as well as the connections between agriculture, the environment and food security, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Stanford’s Center for Food Security and the Environment, and the University of Minnesota’s Global Landscapes Initiative.