Structures & Equipment
Water and irrigation
Netafim Aligned with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
By Dave Harrison
July 28, 2016, Tel Aviv, Israel – Netafim, the global leader in smart irrigation solutions for a sustainable future, has released its 2015 Sustainability Report, which demonstrates how its 2020 Sustainability Strategy is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)recently adopted by the UN.
Written in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 standard, the world’s most advanced sustainability reporting framework, the report highlights numerous Netafim activities that underscore its commitment to several of the 17 SDGs, which were approved in September 2015.
“Sustainability has been a part of Netafim’s essence since our establishment in 1965,” said Ran Maidan, Netafim CEO.
“As the global smart irrigation leader, Netafim is committed to driving mass adoption of smart irrigation solutions to fight scarcity of food, water and land. Offering the most comprehensive and advanced solutions for all crop types and for farmers of all sizes, we are helping the world grow more with less to ensure a sustainable future.”
“For years, Netafim has worked tirelessly with our partners in the public and private sectors to advance sustainable agriculture practices and help define ways to achieve global sustainability,” said Naty Barak, Netafim’s chief sustainability officer.
“Our 2015 report demonstrates how our sustainability strategy supports these efforts and is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”
The report highlights a number of recent case studies from across the globe.
• In one example of action for prosperity, the company prepared the 2015 launch of a large-scale rice irrigation pilot with India’s Tamil Nadu government involving 600 farmers that has increased yields by 20 per cent and decreased water usage by 60 per cent.
• In another example, Netafim is a majority partner in the Netafim Agricultural Financing Agency (NAFA), which has provided $33 million in loans over three years enabling 23,000 Indian smallholders to install drip systems across 22,000 hectares.
Netafim is a global leader in smart irrigation solutions for a sustainable future. With 28 subsidiaries, 17 manufacturing plants and 4,300 employees worldwide, Netafim delivers innovative solutions to growers of all sizes, from smallholders to large-scale agricultural producers, in over 110 countries.
Founded in 1965, Netafim pioneered the drip revolution, creating a paradigm shift toward low-flow agricultural irrigation.
Today, Netafim provides diverse solutions – from state-of-the-art drippers to advanced automated systems – for agriculture, greenhouses, landscaping and mining, accompanied by expert agronomic, technical and operational support.
For more information, visit www.netafim.com.