Last Tuesday, all the students working on the case study had the opportunity to learn more about food security in developing countries. Food security is defined as a situation „when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life“ by the The World Food Summit.
Mrs. Kavita Prakash-Mani, Head of Food Security Agenda at Syngenta, was so kind to give a speech at our university. She grew up in a wealthy, military family close to Lucknow, India. After finishing her MBA studies in Ahmedabad, one of the most renowned colleges in India, she started working in the United States. After being Vice President at SustainAbility, a consulting firm focusing on corporate responsibilities in London, she transferred to Syngenta. Syngenta is one of the world´s leading chemical companies with more than 26.000 employees in over 90 countries.
Mrs. Prakesh-Mani explained to the audience, that by 2050, there will be approximately 7 to 9 billion people living on – and off – our planet. Farmland is limited and we have to feed the growing world population, which means we have to increase the harvests of the fields by 70%-100%. Not only tomorrow, but also today about 800 million people on our planet are malnourished. „I’m curious, how can we help?“ were Kavitas words and the reason why she wants to work and help at Syngenta. They not only try to increase productivity and farm profitability, but also try to have a beneficial impact on the environment at the same time. Through the development and implementation of higher yielding seeds, they have been able to double the profit without having a detrimental impact on the environment. Learning centers help farmers to get a better understanding of their climate and their agriculture. For higher efficiency, cooperating businesses are providing machines to support overburdened farmers.
Their system aims to help farmers earn better incomes, live better lives, and be efficient stewards of the land.
It has been Mrs. Kavita Prakash-Mani third visit at HSG. The audience followed her speech closely and brought us much closer to a final solution to the case study.
Thank you so much!
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