Our perspective

We believe the world can feed itself

Cargill believes the world will be able to feed its growing population. While farmers produce enough calories to feed everyone on earth today, access to that food is uneven due primarily to extreme poverty. The good news is that incomes are improving, even among the most impoverished, and global food productivity is expanding, due primarily to yield improvements and farmers’ response to increased demand. Advances in modern agriculture have boosted the efficiency of the agricultural supply chain, providing broader access to safe, nutritious and affordable food. We are optimistic that the global food system will continue to keep up with growing demand and meet the needs of an increasingly prosperous world – and do it in an environmentally responsible way.

Farmers are resilient

Our optimism is rooted in the ingenuity of the world’s farmers. They continually adapt to grow what the market desires, taking into account input costs, local growing conditions and commodity prices. In response to recent drought conditions, for example, farmers responded to price signals and boosted production. Their resilience, ingenuity and flexibility are our greatest asset in the effort to achieve global food security.

Technology helps farmers increase yields sustainably

Commercial farmers are adopting better technology at an accelerated rate, helping them increase yields, protect soil conditions and maximize profitability so they can continue to invest. Around the world, farmers are using tools that increase planting efficiency and allow more precise application of crop inputs, such as fertilizer, thereby boosting yields while reducing waste and environmental impact. Getting this technology into the hands of smallholder farmers, equipping them with the knowledge to improve yields sustainably, providing reliable markets for their crops and helping them manage risk are all essential for these farmers to contribute more fully to helping achieve food security.

Free trade is key to increasing food security

There is a growing realization of the important role that markets play in achieving food security. Open markets help fight poverty and hunger by enabling the trade that allows agricultural commodities to move from places of surplus to places of deficit. Governments increasingly understand that effective and efficient markets are key to food security, and that actions that distort markets and provide a disincentive to farmers are harmful.

Collaboration and problem solving is increasing

Governments, the private sector and civil society are working together to meet the challenge of creating a more food-secure world. Open and honest conversations that create trust among the many stakeholders working on this issue are required.