MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Cargill released on Aug. 20 its fiscal 2014 corporate responsibility report entitled “Delivering Responsibly in the Global Food System.”
The report, which is available at http://www.cargill.com/cr-report/index.jsp, focuses on the work Cargill does around the world to improve access to safe, affordable and nutritious food, operate responsible supply chains and benefit communities in which it operates.
“The global food system is being challenged to provide safe, nutritious and affordable food for everyone – and we all want confidence that our food is grown, processed and distributed responsibly,” said Greg Page, Cargill executive chairman. “Our goal is to help make the system better, more resilient and up to the challenge of producing more food with the same or fewer natural resources for a world that is more populous, more urban and more affluent.”
Cargill is committed to ensuring that the supply chains it operates respect people and human rights; produce safe and wholesome food; treat animals humanely; promote responsible agricultural practices; and reduce environmental impacts. The report shares information on Cargill’s efforts to boost agricultural productivity and incomes around the world while working with customers and others to meet sustainable sourcing requirements.
“Cargill’s vision of being the global leader in nourishing people comes with a commitment to being responsible,” said Dave MacLennan, Cargill president and chief executive officer. “Building sustainable, responsible supply chains is complex, and requires trust-based partnerships with many stakeholders.”
The report documents Cargill’s efforts to help produce enough food to feed the world’s growing and more affluent population, while also protecting the planet. Included are examples of the company’s facility investments to improve efficiency and increase agricultural capacity, as well as storage, handling and transportation investments designed to reduce food waste and improve food security. In fiscal year 2014, Cargill invested $3.2 billion in assets and facilities to help it more efficiently move food from where it is grown and processed to where it is needed.
Over the past year Cargill supported long-term solutions to reduce hunger, improve education and protect the environment. During this time, Cargill contributed nearly $59 million to communities in 59 countries in support of food security, education and the environment.
The Cargill 2014 Annual Report, “Delivering: Cargill at Work in the Global Food System,” also is available.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the world’s wheat supply has been thrown into question, with poorer nations facing scarcity and a potential food crisis, according to the United Nations.
Following are countries among the world’s least developed that are the most dependent on Russia and Ukraine for their annual wheat supply (2020), according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development. Nations in Africa import 44% of their wheat from Russia and Ukraine, according to the UN.
In marketing year 2022-23, the world is projected by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to produce 779.03 million tonnes of wheat and provide 204.89 million tonnes for export.
These are the eight major wheat importing nations/regions as listed in the monthly USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and their annual tonnes with production.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and the persistent La Niña climate phenomenon have combined to create some of the most volatile market conditions in recent memory, sending prices skyrocketing as nations that depend on wheat to feed their populations scramble to secure supplies.
Each month, the WASDE releases new projections to reflect the most recent global market and production conditions, and this slideshow will be updated with those changes.