Netafim, the global leader in irrigation, announced today that it
is focusing its sustainability efforts on fighting food, water and land
scarcity worldwide. The Company revealed its sustainability goals and
strategy in the Netafim 2013 Sustainability Report, which was released
today at World Water Week in Stockholm. By leveraging drip - a
field-proven technology that enhances crop yields while using less water
and the same amount of arable land - Netafim is ideally positioned to
advance climate-smart agriculture, and to tackle today's most critical
Water conservation and sustainability challenges have always been at the
core of Netafim's business since its establishment 50 years ago. One of
the few world-leading companies operating at the food-water-land nexus,
Netafim was recognized for its contribution to sustainable water
management in being named Stockholm Industry Water Award (SIWA) Laureate
in 2013. "Netafim's remarkable achievements, helping farmers across the
world to 'grow more with less,' are directly contributing to a more
water- and food-secure world," the SIWA Selection Committee said in
granting the prestigious award.
Written in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the
2013 report (which can be downloaded at www.netafim.com/reporting)
lays out Netafim's currents goals and sustainability strategy through
2020. Calling sustainability the key to its future, the Company is
committed to increasing awareness of and access to drip, and to
conducting business ethically, respnsibly and transparently. In the
report, Netafim points out that promoting mass adoption of drip,
particularly among smallholders - the millions of small-scale farmers
who grow much of the world's food - is a key to achieving its goals.
The report summarizes several case studies involving drip irrigation of
commodity crops. In one example, Netafim's drip system increased a
Mexican corn farmer's yields by 27%, while lowering water consumption by
66% compared to flood irrigation. In another example, the Company
donated its dedicated smallholder solution, Family Drip System™ (FDS™),
to an international agricultural development project in Kenya aimed at
alleviating hunger and poverty in a particularly arid region. Enabling
drip irrigation in areas with limited water resources, the gravity-based
FDS helped participating farmers improve their livelihood.
Netafim also mentions in the report its joint R&D efforts with
governments, universities and institutions worldwide to adapt current
drip systems for growing rice. Marking the significance of this
potential breakthrough, Netafim organized the first International
Research Conference on Drip Fertigation in Rice in India in 2013.
"Netafim can make a difference not only as a technology provider, but
also as a promoter of more sustainable practices," said Carlo Galli,
Technical and Strategy Advisor for Water Resources at Nestlé.
"Investments for adopting drip irrigation technologies for 'high' as
well as 'low' value crops are very important. Netafim is positioned to
offer turnkey-like solutions that provide farmers with real
opportunities and the confidence that they can do better."
"Operating at the nexus of food, water and land, drip is one of the few
solutions that can address our most critical global sustainability
challenges," said Netafim CEO Ran Maidan. "As the pioneer and leader in
drip, we have already successfully advanced a number of our
sustainability goals. By further focusing our efforts in this direction,
we are confident of accomplishing much more in order to help the world
become a better, more sustainable place."
Netafim will be exhibiting at World Water Week, at Booth B04:10, on
August 31-September 5 in Stockholm. Netafim will showcase its FDS
smallholder solution and 2013 Sustainability Report. The Company will
also participate in a workshop, during which it will present a case
study of drip irrigation used to alleviate poverty in India.
Netafim is the global leader in drip and micro-irrigation solutions for
sustainable productivity. With 27 subsidiaries, 16 manufacturing plants
and more than 4,000 employees, Netafim delivers innovative solutions in
over 110 countries across the globe. Founded in 1965, Netafim pioneered
the drip irrigation revolution, creating a paradigm shift toward
low-flow agricultural irrigation. Today, Netafim offers a wide range of
state-of-the-art irrigation and complementary solutions for agriculture,
landscaping and mining. From drippers and dripperlines, through
sprinklers and micro-emitters, to crop management technology (CMT) and
greenhouse systems, Netafim's market-leading products and services
enable cost-effective irrigation for optimal and sustainable results.
For more information, visit www.netafim.com.
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