Partnerships & projects

Tackling big challenges together

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Enabling Sustainable Expansion of Soy: Agroideal.org

Built in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, other market participants, associations, financial institutions, NGOs, and private and public research agencies, Agroideal.org allows for users to integrate agronomic, environmental and other data to make better decisions about how to expand agriculture production sustainably.  Bunge has used this system in its operations to identify opportunities and risks for its future soy sourcing.  Initial results show positive mid-term scenarios for expanding sourcing in the Brazilian Cerrado region.  The tool is being expanded to the Argentine Chaco and relevant areas of Paraguay.  Use the tool at www.agroideal.org.

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Working on the Ground in Brazil

Between 2013 and 2017, Bunge partnered with The Nature Conservancy in Brazil on a five-year, $4 million partnership.  The goal was to promote the sustainable intensification of agriculture in locations where agricultural expansion was threatening savannas and forests, as well to support landscape planning along the growing northern export corridor.

The partnership engaged with farmers to promote land use planning and adherence to Brazil’s forest code, encouraged participation in the government’s land registration system and trained farmers in best agronomic practices.  By December 2017, major achievements included mapping 25,528 farms and 14.6 million hectares of land, creating seven environmental portals that facilitate rural landscape planning, and enrolling more than 17,000 farms in the rural environmental registry (CAR) program.

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Measuring Ag's Footprint in the U.S.

In North America, Bunge is a founding member of Field to Market, an organization dedicated to improving the productivity and environmental efficiency of agriculture across the entire food production chain. It unites growers, governments, conservation organizations, scholars and companies throughout the agricultural and food sectors to advance sustainability in production agriculture.

Field to Market produces national sustainability reports and has developed a ‘fieldprint’ calculator for farmers. This free online tool allows farmers to evaluate their farms across a variety of metrics, including land, soil, water, energy and crop input use, as well as water quality.
 

Working on the Ground in Brazil

Between 2013 and 2017, Bunge partnered with The Nature Conservancy in Brazil on a five-year, $4 million partnership.  The goal was to promote the sustainable intensification of agriculture in locations where agricultural expansion was threatening savannas and forests, as well to support landscape planning along the growing northern export corridor.

The partnership engaged with farmers to promote land use planning and adherence to Brazil’s forest code, encouraged participation in the government’s land registration system and trained farmers in best agronomic practices.  By December 2017, major achievements included mapping 25,528 farms and 14.6 million hectares of land, creating seven environmental portals that facilitate rural landscape planning, and enrolling more than 17,000 farms in the rural environmental registry (CAR) program.

Measuring Ag's Footprint in the U.S.

In North America, Bunge is a founding member of Field to Market, an organization dedicated to improving the productivity and environmental efficiency of agriculture across the entire food production chain. It unites growers, governments, conservation organizations, scholars and companies throughout the agricultural and food sectors to advance sustainability in production agriculture.

Field to Market produces national sustainability reports and has developed a ‘fieldprint’ calculator for farmers. This free online tool allows farmers to evaluate their farms across a variety of metrics, including land, soil, water, energy and crop input use, as well as water quality.
 

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Collaborating to Transform Practices

Bunge is a member of TFT. TFT is helping us close traceability and policy gaps in our supply chain and we are collaborating on industry transformation efforts, including landscape work in Indonesia and supplier engagement in Malaysia.  You can see more information on the member transparency hub.

Moving forward, we will continue to work with The Forest Trust to enhance our public reporting and grievance mechanism. We will also engage in additional on-the-ground efforts to help drive transformation in the industry.

 

Increasing Yields in Argentina: A Sustainable Approach

We continued the Bunge Proposal Program (Propuesta Bunge), which aims to increase yields in la Pampa region by improving soil fertilization techniques.  On average, production has increased by 14% (more than 500 kg/ha).  This rate is based on a total of 48 trials, which represents an increase of 30% from the previous campaign.

Following this success, Bunge launched Agro Files, a sustainable agriculture tool that makes the trial results available and allows growers to choose optimal fertilization methods by region or crop and access research applicable to their planting area.  Agro Files is lending valuable support to local sustainable agriculture efforts by informing our farmers of our latest research in single convenient format. To learn more about Agro Files, please visit www.bungeargentina.com.

In a partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Bunge has also supported the project “Tierras” in Buenos Aires province.  The program is designed to enhance soil fertility and considers ecosystem services that are affected by changes in agricultural practices. The main outcomes have included establishing a baseline definition for indicators of soil health, as well as guidelines for enhancing agricultural practices in the region.  The methodology was assessed on 12,000 hectares and 25 farms. The partnership also created an agreement with the ProYungas Foundation to support Agroideal.org’s expansion into the Chaco region in 2018.

In the Salta Province, Bunge is partnering with the NGO Solidaridad to support better management of native forests and other natural resources in the province. In 2018, the following main objectives were accomplished:

  • The establishment of a governing body, with Aapresid (Asociación Argentina de Productores en Siembra Directa), CIARA (Cámara Industrial Aceitera de la República Argentina), CAAF (Cooperativa Agropecuaria de Acopia-dores Federados Ltda.), Fundación ProYungas, SRS (Sociedad Rural Salteña), and TNC Argentina (The Nature Conservancy).
  • An analysis of legislation (Ley 26.331 de Bosques Nativos y Ley 7.543 de OTBN) to better understand the inadequacies of the law that have led to illegal deforestation.
  • An evaluation of different tools available to monitor deforestation to support local governmental bodies in improving their monitoring efforts.

 

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Partnerships in Mexico

Grupo Bimbo
Bunge is partnering with Grupo Bimbo to supply 50,000 tons of wheat grown using sustainable agricultural technologies and practices. Grupo Bimbo and CIMMYT (The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center) have set an agreement called the Sustainable Intensification Strategy for Latin America. The strategy focuses on synergies that increase maize and wheat production, aided by technological development. It also focuses on generating innovation to increase the income of small-holder farmers in the most vulnerable areas of the country. The wheat project has a duration of 3 crop cycles (3.5 years) and is located in the states of Sinaloa and Sonora. Over this time, an annual yield of 50,000 tons of wheat will be grown on approximately 8,000 hectares, benefiting 600 producers.

 

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Reforestamos Mexico
Since 2016, Bunge has partnered with Reforestamos Mexico, an organization dedicated to preserving forests. Bunge has participated in 4 tree-planting campaigns each year in the states of Mexico, Queretaro, Nuevo Leon, and Jalisco.   By the end of 2017, we planted 12,000 trees with the support of approximately 800 employee volunteers and their families.

Partnerships in Mexico

Grupo Bimbo
Bunge is partnering with Grupo Bimbo to supply 50,000 tons of wheat grown using sustainable agricultural technologies and practices. Grupo Bimbo and CIMMYT (The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center) have set an agreement called the Sustainable Intensification Strategy for Latin America. The strategy focuses on synergies that increase maize and wheat production, aided by technological development. It also focuses on generating innovation to increase the income of small-holder farmers in the most vulnerable areas of the country. The wheat project has a duration of 3 crop cycles (3.5 years) and is located in the states of Sinaloa and Sonora. Over this time, an annual yield of 50,000 tons of wheat will be grown on approximately 8,000 hectares, benefiting 600 producers.

 

Reforestamos Mexico
Since 2016, Bunge has partnered with Reforestamos Mexico, an organization dedicated to preserving forests. Bunge has participated in 4 tree-planting campaigns each year in the states of Mexico, Queretaro, Nuevo Leon, and Jalisco.   By the end of 2017, we planted 12,000 trees with the support of approximately 800 employee volunteers and their families.