Water is the lifeblood of agriculture and food production. Managing freshwater is fundamental to our operations and supply chains, as well as to the communities and environments in which we operate.
30% of our upstream plantations, concessions, farms, and large processing plants are in water stressed regions. We monitor and manage the use of water in these upstream operations and are working towards creating resource management plans for all our priority supply chains.
Within our processing operations, we seek to optimise our water use, to reduce wastewater volumes and content, and to protect water courses. Read about some of our latest initiatives and goals in the latest annual report.
Last year, 5.57 million farmers benefited from digital agronomy support. This also included providing accurate weather forecasting and actionable insights to help with water management.
Our agronomists and digital experts have collaborated to implement precision irrigation on our owned farms so we can manage, monitor, and reduce water use.
Over 98% of our freshwater footprint is in our supply chain. We work with large-scale suppliers to transform their practices and improve water efficiency for example onion growers in Egypt.
We have commenced an irrigation project in our palm plantations in Gabon. Over 23,000 ha of planted land will be supported during extended dry periods, improving yields.
Our coffee facility in Vietnam has installed a pH correction system to enable condensate water from evaporators to be reused. It has updated the reverse osmosis system to recover, and reuse rejected water, reducing water intensity.
We continue to review our own operations and supply chain, to make positive changes. However, we cannot make the level of change required alone. We are active in a number of sector-wide initiatives and are collaborating with customers to help them mitigate their environmental impacts.