Dow Partners to Address Food Security throughout the Value Chain
In Latin America, Dow continues to address the world's most pressing sustainability challenges, leveraging public-private partnership to help transition to a more sustainable planet
As global populations continue to rise, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow) is innovating at the forefront of global sustainability challenges – leveraging its science and technology expertise, together with public-private partnerships to enable a transition to a more sustainable planet and society. The Company’s recently announced partnership with AgroLAC – a funding platform focused on preserving and maximizing natural resources in the resource-rich area of Latin America and the Caribbean by advancing sustainable agriculture solutions – demonstrates Dow’s firm commitment to sustainability and its expanding leadership in important areas of focus across the food value chain, from sustainable agriculture to packaging.
“With its rich natural resources, Latin America represents a source of tremendous potential for food-production and export,” said Dow’s Latin America President Pedro Suarez. “With a population that is expected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050, harnessing this potential in a sustainable way will require continued, thoughtful work and partnership across the Latin America agricultural industry.”
Through its operations in the region as well as its innovative technologies and solutions, Dow has demonstrated its leadership in influencing sustainable practices across the food value chain. Together with these practices and its science-based solutions, Dow is helping reverse troubling environmental trends that pose a long-term threat to natural resources in the region.
“At Dow AgroSciences, we recognize the role farmers and ranchers play in the global food value chain – and we are collaborating with partners across the value chain to support sustainable practices and solutions that will best position us to feed our growing world,” said Tim Hassinger, Dow AgroSciences’ president and chief executive officer. Hassinger continued, “To achieve this, we are developing technologies with the goal of enabling farmers to expand food production, all while utilizing fewer of our limited natural resources.”
Dow’s partnership with organizations such as the Brazilian Roundtable on Sustainable Livestock, as an example, has provided local farmers and ranchers with access to agricultural technologies and practices that are helping to increase agricultural productivity. In fact, this partnership helped to increase livestock yield per hectare on six model farms by eliminating weeds and promoting more nutritious grazing grasses. This is but one illustration of work already underway in Latin America.
Through the partnership with AgroLAC, Dow joins forces with thought leaders from across agriculture and business sectors. As part of the Company’s 2025 Sustainability Goals, collaborations are a key element to advancing sustainability-focused efforts already underway, while working together to expand these efforts and influence the sustainable production and consumption of food. From solutions for increasing yield, to those helping to reduce nearly 40 percent of wasted food, Dow is leading the blueprint for collaboration and paving the path toward a more sustainable planet and society.
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