Soy Community Partnerships
Improving soy sustainability by partnering with farmers.
At Cargill, we’re focusing our sustainability efforts where they’re going to have the biggest impact on deforestation — on the farm. To do that, we’re developing partnerships and working with local organizations on innovative solutions that eliminate deforestation and improve sustainability across the entire soy supply chain in ways that are economically viable for farmers.
Developing Local, Sustainable, Support Networks for Soy Farmers
The Associação de Agricultores e Irrigantes da Bahia (AIBA) is the largest producer association in the state of Bahia, which is one of four states in the Matopiba region that includes much of the Cerrado. Since the start of this year, we have stepped up our engagement with AIBA and its members to jointly develop projects and programs that will help expand sustainability in the region. Our work together will provide local area farmers with better access to resources and information on sustainable farming methods and more ways to improve their farm’s social, environmental, economic, and health and safety indicators.
Teaching Agriculture to the Next Generation
Through our engagement with AIBA, we’ll help teenagers in the municipality of Barreiras attend an established school farm where they’ll prepare for potential future careers in agriculture, as well as study modules on environmental education, business management and community problem-solving.
Improving Local Irrigation Technology
AIBA will also be helping us focus on implementing a technology transfer for a number of the local producers who grow the fresh produce and food for the community. By providing these local farms with new irrigation technology, they can use less water and operate more efficiently as they grow nutritious food for their communities.
Expanding the Sustainable Soy Supply Chain.
Increasing Demand for Triple S (Sustainably Sourced and Supplied) Soy
This year, thanks to a substantial increase in demand from customers for Cargill TripleS soy (Sustainably Sourced and Supplied), we are growing the program to include even more farms with the help of our partners. Instituto BioSistêmico and Solidaridad South America. And because of the higher demand for triple S soy, we are able to pay a premium price to farmers for their sustainable soy.
Establishing New Soy Supply Chains
The Netherlands-based ProTerra Foundation offers certifications for segregated soybeans that meet specific criteria such as being non-GMO, as well as certain sustainability standards like being deforestation- and conversion-free. With rising demand for ProTerra-certified soybeans, we’ve established a segregated ProTerra supply chain that flows from certified farms in western Brazil over more than 2,000 kilometers of roads and rivers, through our port in Santarém to customers in the EU.
Restoring Degraded Land
We have extended our partnership with World Resources Institute in support of their role as secretariat to Initiative 20x20. During the course of our three-year partnership, we’ll work together to support the restoration of 500,000 hectares of degraded land by 2025. Restoration helps combat the climate challenge – by improving adaptation and resilience – and safeguards biodiversity, water sources and fertile soils while creating green jobs and growth for rural communities.