Capacity building for sustainable soybean farming in Europe
BioMar is helping the transition towards a more resilient and sustainable European agriculture. As a major purchaser of global commodities, BioMar actively supports agricultural and fishery improvement projects targeting the desired outcomes of the Food to Fork Strategy.
The EU Farm to Fork Strategy #EUGreenDeal
The European Green Deal is a plan to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. It maps out a sustainable growth strategy to boost the economy by improving its citizens' health and quality of life while enhancing our stewardship of nature. The Farm to Fork strategy is at the heart of the Green New Deal. It addresses the challenges of sustainable food systems and recognizes the inextricable links between healthy people, healthy societies, and a healthy planet. The strategy is also central to the EU Commission’s agenda to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The food production sector is currently not meeting the UN SDGs. Agriculture is the largest driver of biodiversity loss, and a major contributor to GHG emissions and social inequality. To protect the environment, there is an urgent need to promote sustainable and restorative agriculture. Agricultural Supply Chains can also improve social development outcomes by more evenly distributing technology, knowledge, market access, and investment capital.
Farm to Fork in Practice - Donau Soja
Donau Soja (DS) is a Vienna-based, non-profit organization that works alongside European farmers and agricultural stakeholders to promote an environmentally sustainable and economically viable European soy supply. They manage a high-quality soy production standard Donau Soja (DS) / Europe Soya (ES) that builds on crop production and processing regulations applied in the EU and additional environmental and social criteria.
Donau Soja Protein Partnerships
DS Protein Partnerships is a comprehensive agricultural improvement program designed to provide the financial, technical, and practical support necessary to allow farmers to become certified to the DS Standard. The tonnage of certified soy produced from a successful project can be used as an alternative to overseas soy credits. Protein Partnerships projects contribute to meeting several of the overall goals of Donau Soja.
BioMar’s Donau Soja Protein Partnership in Croatia
BioMar chose Croatia as its partner country due to its proximity to existing supply chains for physically segregated products already being purchased by BioMar. Specifically, this project involved supporting three Croatian agricultural cooperatives (PP Orahovica, Ruris and PIK Vinkovci plus) and their cooperative farmers. All three cooperatives and their combined 540 farmers practise crop rotation with a diversified assortment of fruits and vegetables.