AGCO’s farm sustainability contest is just around the corner! Get ready and enter you blog post for a chance to win! You could have your blog post featured on the AGCO blog, and also get a chance to support your local farming community by choosing a select organization to receive a portion of $5,000 in donations from AGCO on your behalf!
We know the importance of doing more with less, and we know that farmers do too. That’s why we want to hear your stories. So don’t forget to register for AGCO’s farm sustainability contest on July 9th, and share your farm sustainability with us! The contest will run from July 9th through July 31st, 2012.
Providing for a population that is projected to grow from 7 billion to 9 billion over the next 40 years will require increased food, fiber, and fuel. This will mean higher sustainable productivity per acre of land. Farmers manage the land they work on, and they know sustainability.
Long-term soil health will become more critical to farmer livelihoods as expansion of arable land is constrained. And, the availability of clean water for both personal use and agriculture and industry will be an increasing challenge as the global water needs grow along with population.
At AGCO, we believe the health of communities will continue to be tied to the health of local farming. Both rural and urban communities’ livelihoods rely on our global farming community’s ability to respond to the changing, growing social and environmental needs of farmers around the world. This is why we believe that it is important to promote sustainable practices on the farm.
Have you been enjoying the benefits of making your farm more sustainable? AGCO’s first ever sustainability blog contest kicks off on July 9th, and we want to hear your stories!
Share what you have been doing to make your farms more sustainable, and how it has helped you to do more with less. Be selected as one of ten finalists, and in addition to having your submission featured on the AGCO blog, you will also be able to support local farming communities by choosing a select organization to receive $500 in donations! The contest will run from Monday, July 9th, up until the Tuesday of July 31st.
Help us promote the importance of sustainability, and tell us how you have been successful!
AGCO is committed to “The Grow Africa” initiative and the G8′s New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security.
“A continent like Africa has significant potential for growth in the agricultural sector: With 11 percent of the world’s arable land (86 percent of which is uncultivated) Africa would benefit from modern, mechanized farming techniques,” explained Hubertus Mühlhäuser, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Europe, Africa, Middle East. “AGCO’s technology-driven products will contribute to the modernization of the African agricultural market, and the local presence will allow AGCO to better serve African customers with high quality products and services. Our commitment is a response to the African Union, NEPAD and the World Economic Forum’s commitment to promote Grow Africa and the commitments of G8 Members to align their support to the countries agricultural development objectives as well as the Government’s commitment to promote a business enabling environment that provides confidence to both the domestic and international private sector to achieve these objectives.”
With over 50 years of experience in Africa through its Massey Ferguson brand, AGCO already leverages alliances with governments, foreign investors and donors to improve agricultural practices in Africa. Hubertus Mühlhäuser: “The solution for African agriculture is to develop a systematic approach that develops a strategic partnership to deliver crops that feed an increasing population in an economically, environmentally and socially responsible way. With decades of dependency on food aid and the world’s fastest population growth, Africa’s long-term prospects will require increasing degrees of self-sustainability. While the challenge is enormous, the opportunities are both substantial and achievable. Local farmers are among the main beneficiaries of agricultural development and are at the very core of the solution.”
In Africa, AGCO is focusing on increasing the scope of its product offering and improving its distribution and training of local farmers. The company plans to fund the development of Future Farms and Training Centers in Zambia, Ethiopia, Morocco and South Africa that will allow local farmers and dealers to be trained on new farming technology to enhance productivity and efficiency – and in this way create better food security. AGCO also plans to assist in providing equipment-financing solutions for small farms with little to no working capital. In addition, AGCO is investing in its after-sales service infrastructure in Africa by establishing a master parts warehouse in Johannesburg to ensure excellent parts availability, machine uptime, and better service levels to their local distribution partners and customers.
AGCO intends to provide a complete set of regionally specified agricultural solutions and modern technologies to more than 25,000 smallholder farmers in the next few years. The focus will be on localization, customer centricity, access to technology and mechanization, and capacity building. AGCO will partner with local African countries and support the modernization of African agriculture to improve food security.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the United Nations Environmental Programme’s World Environment Day.
This day stands to remind us that our planet’s resources are limited. With a rapidly growing population, and increased demand for natural resources, it has become apparent that the well-being of our future generations rests on our ability to adopt a more sustainable way of life. Raising awareness of the sustainability issue is a critical step in moving towards a cleaner world, and a better future. That’s why the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) created World Environment Day, and that is why it is important that we as individuals remain open to learning more.
One of the greatest parts about a Green Economy is that it is designed not only to benefit the environment, but also to benefit you! Economic stimulation, job creation, and social equality are all things that include you. Take a look around, and investigate what is happening around you to support a Green Economy. Are you being included? See how others are celebrating, or share your activity!
Some people may close off the idea of having a Green Economy, we cannot ignore the importance of sustainability. Many companies, such as AGCO, have taken an initiative to embrace sustainability issues into their business. As more people learn about why issues such as these are important, they will understand that sustainable ideas such as moving towards a Green Economy are not only beneficial, but also necessary.
So, if you are looking for something to celebrate, feel free to go to UNEP’s World Environment Day home page to learn more about World Environment Day, and how people around the world are making a difference!
Created in response to a report on the current status of soil and water management, the Centre, based at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire in the English Midlands, aims to provide ‘sustainable improvements’ in farming and ecosystem efficiency through better knowledge co-ordination, transfer and development.
Challenger has committed to backing the Centre for three years and will be involved in knowledge transfer days, ongoing research and extensive educational programmes for farmers and agronomists.
“Challenger’s mission statement: ‘Your Soil, Our Territory’ fits particularly well with the project,” explained Martin Hamer, Challenger Manager National Sales, UK. “Our tracked machines are already helping farmers to look after their most valuable resource – the land.”