Bayer Food Chain Partnership supports growers and value chain partners worldwide to improve produce
and to implement best production practices. Like on this plantation in Costa Rica where Bayer crop manager Rigoberto Estrada Brenes, Ivan Sánchez Araya (Grupo Calinda) and Viviana Matarrita Ledezma (from left) wash and examine freshly harvested bananas.
Currently about 70 Food Chain Managers from Bayer are working in 30 countries around the world,
focusing on 50 different crops, mainly fruit and vegetables. Dr. Dennis Warkentin from Bayer inspects the damage to a grove in Florida together with Citrus grower David Evans (left).
Experts like Mr. Tang Zhong Liang, Bayer Sales Representative in Guilin (left), work as facilitator and share their expertise with farmers like Qin Kai An (right), for example when it comes to food quality.
Consumers want to know where their food is coming from. Bayer Food Chain Partnership supports retailers to increase transparency and traceability.
Increased traceability and transparency allows retailers to identify weak spots in the supply chain and build up consumer confidence in their produce.
The Food Chain Partnership is an innovative business model developed by Bayer in which all members
of the food value chain are involved – for example processors who process tomatoes for ketchup or
potatoes for French fries.
Bayer agronomists, like Gustavo Martinez Barbosa (right), provide expertise and advice on crop production to farmers such as MarBran farm manager Juan Ramón Camacho (left).
In 2013 potato was the number one vegetable commodity with about 376 million metric tons produced
worldwide. Bayer Food Chain Partnership also realizes several potato projects around the world. The pictures shows Food Chain Manager Amit Sharma and farmer Shivaii Shavan in discussion in a potato field.
Different Food Chain Partnership projects all over the world also aim at promoting biodiversity. This is essential for sustainable food production.
Bayer Food Chain Partnership is currently in the process of initiating new projects including further countries and arable crops like cereals and rice. The picture shows Bayer regional manager Dinesh Baitha (right) and Devendra Singh Tomar (LT-Foods) examining freshly harvested rice in Bhopal, India.
BEHR AG – German lettuce grower
Flower strips are a simple method to attract beneficial insects.
Bayer Food Chain Partnership supported the German lettuce company BEHR AG in finding sensible and feasible solutions.
Bayer offered training on application techniques and water protection to make sure that crop protection products do not affect the insects in the flowering strips.
Cefetra – Promoting sustainable soybean production
Bayer Food Chain Partnership and Cefetra are supporting responsible labor conditions and environmental practices, as well as land rights.
Cefetra provides certification (Cefetra’s Certified Responsible Soya – CRS) that meets European feed compounders’ requirements for sustainable raw materials.
All parties have been working towards the common goal of achieving a high level of sustainable soybean production.
Antas Export – Andalusian citrus grower
Antas Export is a classic family business and started partnering with Bayer in its Food Chain Partnership initiative in 2014.
The Andalusian company Antas Export grows citrus fruits on 300 hectares. “It is a small business but we do quite a lot. Bayer helps us implement sustainable practices and produce high-quality food,” says owner Gregorio Aznar.
The farm Antas Export faces the challenge of growing with little water. Bayer Food Chain Partnership supports the company in using better irrigation technology.
Fresh Select – Australian grower
Bayer Food Chain Partnership supports grower John Said from Fresh Select by identifying best sustainable practices, “because consumer demand needs more attention”, he says.
Partners of the Bayer Food Chain Partnership initiative who grow fruit and vegetables benefit from projects in terms of safety, quality, yield and traceability.
Fresh Select is a classic family business with two families involved. “We’ve been farming vegetables for 40 years, growing 16 lines of vegetables in three states of Australia”, says John Said.
Siesa – Guatemalan grower
Siesa is a first-generation family business that started partnering with Bayer Food Chain Partnership initiative in 2008.
Bayer Food Chain Partnership aims to bring together partners along the food chain and attaches importance to certification schemes. By now, Siesa has received three certifications: GlobalG.A.P., Tesco Nurture (refers to Tesco supermarkets in the United Kingdom) and From Field to Fork by Marks & Spencer.
Bayer supports Siesa throughout the whole process: from training to the application of crop protection products.