Given the rising global population, estimated to be 9 billion food consumers by 2050, there is an urgent need to raise crop productivity while simultaneously preserving the world’s soil, water and natural forest reserves. Land O’Lakes emphasizes sustainable approaches to increasing crop productivity, including no-till and minimum till production, and sound soil and water management practices. As part of a successful farmer-based, cooperative agribusiness, our Crops Practice Area applies proven, successful approaches to increasing the productivity of all crops in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner.
Through our demand-driven, value-chain approach to crop production, Land O’Lakes helps farmers access markets and boost productivity, thereby enhancing their incomes and improving household and community food security. Indeed, these efforts enable agriculture to takes its place as the key driver of broad-based rural socio-economic development. Land O’Lakes believes in the sovereignty of the farmers we work with and aims to provide them with skills and knowledge to make profitable choices regarding the crops they grow and the technology they apply.
Our approaches include:
- Expanding access to inputs and improved technologies
- Growing business development services
- Linking farmers to markets
- Reducing post-harvest losses
- Leveraging corporate capacity
- Organizing producer groups to bolster market access
We view crop production holistically under the recognition that crops provide the basis for human and animal diets and are a source for value-added products.
Our farmers are encouraged to earn the best price for their product. By providing technical advice, we sustainably increase their awareness about and knowledge of markets for the specific crops that are able to grow in their own unique agro-environmental niche. We actively link farmers to services and markets. In doing so, we ensure that they have access to agricultural inputs, equipment, technology and services required to grow high quality, high value crops. Market linkages ensure that farmers grow crops in high demand, regardless of whether the demand stems from agro-processing firms, wholesale markets, or retail supermarkets.
for our Crops fact sheet