PepsiCo: Sustainable Farming Program
At the heart of the Zero Hunger challenge is the need to transform the way food is grown. PepsiCo is playing a leading role in the transformation of agriculture, both in its supply chain and beyond.
PepsiCo sources agricultural ingredients from over 60 countries around the world. Through its Sustainable Farming Program, PepsiCo champions and advances positive social, environmental and economic outcomes among the farmers from which the company directly sources crops, including potatoes, whole corn, oats, and oranges. It has worked with over 40,000 farmers in its global supply chain to provide training and support in field agronomy, efficient fertilizer and water use, plant protection techniques, greenhouse gas reduction and workers’ rights. Farmers assess their progress against over 100 social, environmental and business criteria. Already, a majority of PepsiCo’s farmer-sourced crops are independently verified as meeting its robust Sustainable Farming Program standards, and it is on its way to achieving 100% compliance.
The Sustainable Farming Program is also having an impact outside PepsiCo’s supply chain. Its training materials have been widely shared, adapted and adopted as an example of best practice.