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Food Chain Partnerships addressing food supply challenges

Greenhouses in Astene, Belgium © Bayer CropScience

Food Chain Partnerships addressing food supply challenges

Ensuring that growers produce high-quality crops is the first step to successfully enter the fresh food marketplace. Each member of the food chain contributes to fewer losses during processing and storage. "While we cannot solve the problem of food loss and food waste on our own, we are working closely with partners across the value chain", explained Silke Friebe, Head of Food Chain Management. "By forming Food Chain Partnerships, we foster closer linkage between farmers, traders, processors and retailers andshare our agronomic knowledge and value chain expertise. The common goal is to help drive a sustainable productivity increase and to improve harvest quality."

Bayer CropScience's Food Chain Partnership projects bring together growers, processors, exporters and importers, and retailers. Currently 240 projects in 30 countries are ongoing and spans 40, primarily fruit and vegetables, crops. In these projects, Bayer CropScience offers customized integrated crop solutions based on high-quality seed, effective chemical and biological crop protection, complementing services and expertise in environmental protection, efficiency and safety.

Bayer CropScience joins the "Save Food" initiative

Bayer CropScience is engaged in a number of initiatives locally and globally on the topics of sustainable agriculture and food security. Recently, the company has become an official member of the Save Food initiative. "This initiative is addressing the global issue of food shortage and food waste", said Silbe Friebe and explained that with its experience and global network of experts, Bayer CropScience contributes to protecting fresh produce and reducing food loss during agricultural production. "We can make a meaningful contribution to ensuring a healthy food supply and reducing food loss during production."

The Save Food initiative is a joint campaign instituted by the FAO and Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. It is establishing a global partnership of public and private sector organizations and companies that are active in the fight against food loss and waste. The program includes field studies on a national-regional basis and studies to the socio-economic impacts of food loss and waste, and the political and regulatory framework that affects food loss and waste. This initiative also includes technical and managerial support for, as well as capacity building (training) of food supply chain actors and organizations involved in food loss and waste reduction, either at the food subsector level or policy level.

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. This year the company looks back on 150 years of working to fulfill its mission "Bayer: Science For A Better Life." Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012) and is one of the world's leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 20,800 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:

www.press.bayercropscience.com.
 
 

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