Nearly 40 percent of the earth’s land is used for farming. That’s more land used for farming than any other human activity.
Mondelēz International’s business uses a steady supply of farm products, like coffee, cocoa, sugar, dairy products, wheat and vegetable oil. We are looking at ways to encourage more sustainable farming practices for a number of our raw materials. Promoting sustainable farming practices can result in quality raw materials, while also helping to protect and improve the environment and the social and economic conditions of local communities.
In fact, more investment from both the public and private sector will help break the cycle of hunger and poverty in rural communities in the developing world.
Promoting sustainable farming supports biodiversity and causes less water pollution and soil erosion. Additionally, sustainable agriculture generally helps farmers and their families earn decent wages and improve their housing; opens more educational opportunities; and can lead to a better quality of life.
Our current efforts to promote sustainable farming focus on developing countries in Africa, Latin America and South Asia. These are areas where we feel we can have a meaningful impact with commodities such as coffee and cocoa. To have an impact, we work closely with industry, governments and non-governmental organizations.
Improvements don't happen overnight, but we’ve made some good progress. And we’ll continue to work with our many valued partners to continue to make change happen.