Today, the most sustainable approach to agriculture is also the most profitable. Precision irrigation empowers farmers in Africa to grow higher, better yields with less. Saving precious global resources – from food and water to energy and land – precision irrigation enables the continent to grow more food for nutritional security. Precision irrigation has an enormous impact on three major challenges Africa faces today: water scarcity and contamination, increasing demand for food, and growing need for efficiently used arable land. Netafim Africa’s solutions are ideal for these challenges, as they combat all three concerns through irrigation solutions that produce higher and better yields while saving water and other priceless resources.
Depleting natural water resources and water contamination have become a critical concern for Africa. With agriculture alone being the largest consumer of water in Sub-Saharan Africa, farmers are struggling to access safe and reliable water reserves. Precision irrigation reduces groundwater consumption and provides the right amount with the right nutrients based on soil and crop type.
While global population growth is slowing, Africa is expected to see a large population expansion, with a rapid increase among the younger generation. These changes are expected to impact food security, poverty and inequality. As a result, the demand for food will increase, while arable areas continue to shrink. As opposed to other conventional methods, precision irrigation brings a larger area under irrigation, while increasing yield and production quality.
Population growth and increased consumption require food-producing land more than ever. Sub‑Saharan Africa has no shortage of arable land, but it is not used efficiently. This is where Netafim Africa can help. Our precision irrigation solutions help utilize every inch of land by bringing a larger area under the irrigation zone.
Precision irrigation is an approach to agriculture that empowers growers to produce higher yields of better-quality crops – with less resources. It increases water productivity and fertilizer-use efficiency.
Regardless of the crop, climate, soil or region, men and women can grow more food using fewer resources, use agriculture to climb out of poverty and generate more profit, and live healthier, more empowered lives.
Our goal is a simple one – to make precision irrigation the most accessible and effective solution for growers around the world.
We work with growers, companies, governments and aid organizations in Africa to make agriculture more profitable and sustainable.
Our sustainability action plan is aligned with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which comprises 17 global goals supported by 169 targets. Right now, we’re making the biggest global impact by focusing on nine of those 17 goals:
We’re big fans of transparency. That’s why we share all information, knowledge and experience openly and across multiple channels.
We also value transparency among our partners and associates. Qualities like openness and integrity help us build trust, which enables more productive collaboration. That in turn helps our partners and associates achieve greater success and generate more profit. The same goes for the suppliers, competitors and government agencies we do business with.
And when it comes to our own people, we promote and support them in every way possible. While guaranteeing respect and equality, we work to attract, develop and retain talent wherever we find it. And of course, we ensure health, safety and human rights across the board.
To ensure we’re always making the most of corporate social sustainability, we also follow Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) principles. Netafim has published a GRI report every two years since 2011. We submit our Communication on Progress to the UN Global Compact LEAD every year. See our reports to get an overview of our recent performance.Download 2017 report
We’re committed to environmental sustainability in two important ways. First, by making precision irrigation the most effective way to grow we’re empowering farmers to grow in a more sustainable way that’s also more profitable for them.
Second, we’re committed to running our own operations in more sustainable ways. That’s why we’re signatories of the UN’s CEO Water Mandate and followers of the sustainable development goals included in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Our environmental policy starts with our supply process. We always take an eco-friendly approach to product design, use minimal resources in all manufacturing and supply chain operations, reuse and recycle, and responsibly manage waste.
To do this, we document and address all environmental impacts at every stage of the supply process, while also complying with all environmental legislation and regulations wherever we operate.
We also have Environment Supervisors at all our manufacturing plants, making sure we’re always implementing our environmental policy. We deliver training programs to our people at all levels, so they’re fully aware of our policy and actively work towards it. Plus, we set goals, targets and timetables to help monitor, control and optimize our environmental performance.
Our key environmental practices include:
The most effective way to solve poverty is already widely known – the empowerment of women. Women represent almost half of the global agricultural workforce, yet they produce far less food than men.
This needs to change.
To encourage the adoption of new technologies among women growers, we are sharing as much knowledge as we can and are bringing the power of precision irrigation to them, so they can gain more control over their household’s income and over their own lives.
Netafim conducts its relations with integrity, responsibility, honesty, reliability and decency, while obeying local laws and following the rules of proper business behavior. This commitment applies to each and every one of the company’s employees and directors. We are all expected to maintain honest and moral behavior in our work practices by adhering to the Code in all our activities, whether internally with our colleagues, or externally with customers, suppliers, partners, shareholders and all other Netafim stakeholders.
Netafim strives to ensure that we all constantly adhere to the following principles as specified in the Code.Read Netafim's code
Water scarcity is the single biggest challenge for farmers in Africa, ranging from drought and drainage to lack of access to water reserves. Precision irrigation solves the water-use efficiency problem by changing the way you use water – delivering higher and better yields than you’ve ever seen, with less.Read more
The next 50 years of farming won’t be like the last 50. The agricultural system that served us until now needs to change. Growers need more control. We're farmers and innovators committed to bringing innovation to Africa, evolving together with our customers.About Netafim Africa
Ramthal in India delivers equitable water supply and profitable agriculture to around 7,000 smallholders across 22 communities in the water-starved Karnataka region. Initiated by Netafim, and implemented in partnership with the regional government and Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Limited (MEIL), the Ramthal project duplicated crop yields using the same amount of water, effectively changing the lives of these rural communities.
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