Over the course of centuries, larger, more-efficient farming has helped improve yields in commodity crops to feed a growing population, which has also boosted agricultural incomes. But at the same time, agriculture is faced with challenges, including degrading soil quality, fertilizer and pesticide run off, and the effects of climate change. These challenges require action today to protect land for future generations to use and to preserve biodiversity and natural resources.
Ensuring that precious natural resources are around for generations is an essential part of the world we want to see tomorrow, and perhaps no resource is more precious than water. Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people globally, and that percentage is rising as the population grows. Agriculture uses the most water, which means to manage water sustainably, we must focus on what is grown in our value chains and how.
The science is clear – climate change is real, and around the world people are already beginning to feel the effects.
As a global food business, we deal with challenges facing the global food chain on a daily basis. We believe we have a responsibility to explore solutions to these challenges, and to investigate novel, efficient ways of doing so, providing a clear path to healthy, safe food in the future.
Stewarding one of the biggest family-run companies in the world is no small task—especially when that company comes with a 106-year history. Chairman Stephen Badger and his fellow board members take this challenge seriously. Here, Badger discusses the challenges and rewards of his role and the future of the company.
On shedding Mars’ “secretive” reputation:
After more than a century in business, we've learned a few things — namely that the most successful and sustainable business practices are those that mutually benefit everyone involved. As a global food business, we're dependent on smallholder farms. So it's our responsibility to ensure smallholder farmers who grow ingredients essential to Mars products are able to earn an income that allows them to support their farms, families and communities now and into the future.
As the world’s biggest veterinary health group and the maker of many pet foods, we know how much animals — both big and small — are loved across the world.
Claim to fame: Ibtehal spent 14 years in Industrial Engineering and Plant Management for Mars Wrigley. She has the experience and understands exactly what it takes for #WomenInScience to succeed. She has also become an advocate for mentorship and helped pilot a successful program to support the development of women in leadership for our Asia-Australia, Middle East & Africa region.
Women are disproportionately affected by poverty, climate-related risks and other barriers to sustainable development. This distressing finding by a recent World Economic Forum report also reveals a startling projection: It will take women 202 years to be on even footing with men. If we want to change this, we have to act today.