Although life cannot exist without water, it is water that is this planet’s most rapidly depleting resource. Luckily, water is what Netafim knows and does best. An integral part of our commitment to sustainability is full engagement in the battle for a better environment, particularly emphasizing those areas in which we at Netafim can make the most significant difference.
That is why we are signatories CEO Water Mandate of the UN and remain advocates of a balanced CO2 equilibrium in industrialized agricultural projects, seeing to it that, in our design and planning of projects, ecological concerns are always and truly taken into account.
Humanity needs to feed itself but cannot always grow enough food to go round. Netafim’s obligation to global citizenship expresses itself in far more than theory. Relying on our developed technology, we help to create conditions of feasibility and sustainability that, literally, make the desert bloom. And wherever man has carved into the planet, leaving it scarred and depleted, we can help mend and heal the ravaged landscape.
For many years, we have promoted our sustainable drip irrigation solutions under the heading Grow More with Less. However, our deepening experience and involvement in global sustainable development policy, particularly our work with the UN Global Compact and CEO Water Mandate, has taught us that drip irrigation has a much wider role to play.
Drip irrigation is one of the few solutions whose core proposition addresses three global sustainability challenges – food security, water conservation, and arable land optimization. Operating at the meeting point, or nexus, of these challenges, drip impacts on our society and our planet by increasing crop yields while using less water with the same amount of land. That’s why our overarching mission and strategy of advancing mass adoption of drip irrigation by focusing on basic commodity food crops is our most critical future objective.
Sustainability has been part of Netafim’s essence since our establishment 50 years ago, and also is the key to our future. In recognition of our contribution to sustainable water management, Netafim was named 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award (SIWA) Laureate. One of the world’s most important water industry awards, SIWA is testimony to our efforts of helping the world grow more with less.
The Netafim 2013 Sustainability Report highlights some of the progress we’ve made in contributing to global sustainable agriculture over the past two years. I greatly appreciate your interest in our efforts, and welcome your feedback.
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