The food sector relies on the long-term supply of raw materials for its business. Depletion of natural resources and in particular water - a key resource in agriculture - present a risk of disruption in supply. The Working Group on Water and Agriculture (WGWA) was launched in December 2007 with an aim to: maintain the food safety and quality of agricultural products; improve the farms' economic viability and social progress through water savings; and increase environmental ecosystems' protection through polluted runoffs collection.
Key outcomes include:
- Principles and Practices for the Sustainable Management of Water at Farm Level;
- Technical Briefs to better understand some of the related challenges and tools available to tackle them;
- Pilot project with ICRISAT in India towards the development of a farmer-friendly calculator of water use;
- Water Stewardship Report: Beyond the Farm Towards a Catchment Approach.
From Working Group to Committee:
End 2013, SAI Platform adopted a new structure with crop-specific Working Groups, and Committees on cross-cutting issues. The group naturally evolved into a Committee, which gives it more flexibility about scope and way of working while requiring more links with the working groups.
Work Plan 2014:
Members: AB Inbev, Heineken, McCain, Nestle, Pepsico, SAB Miller, Unilever