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Impact Stories - Valmont Group

We explore Valmont Group. A market leader in creating vital infrastructure and advancing agricultural productivity.

Date published
10 Jun 2024
Tag
John Gilmore Portfolio Manager, Impact Equities/ Stewardship, Sustainability and Impact Specialist

How does a company providing irrigation solutions help reduce world hunger?

Valmont Industries is a global leader in creating vital infrastructure and advancing agricultural productivity. With more than 600 million people worldwide projected to face hunger in 20301, Valmont’s irrigation business will help mitigate this number by creating products that save water, increase food security in vulnerable climates, and increase farm productivity. These impact not just the efficiency of agricultural production in developed markets but crucially, also increase resilience and improving production profiles in developing nations.

Its equipment is not just used to help production of key US staples (soy/corn) but also has applications in increasing efficiency of globally grown crops. This is the case in rice production, which they make more efficiently from a water use perspective and safer due to reduced arsenic content, when compared to flooded rice. In total they help save 4 trillion gallons of water annually.

This helps tackle Sustainable Development Target 2.42 which by 2030, looks to ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that:

  • Increase productivity and production
  • Help maintain ecosystems
  • Strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters
  • Progressively improve land and soil quality.

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Sources

1 Source: United Nations. https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal2#targets_and_indicators

Source: Martin Currie and company published data, as at 31 August 2023 unless otherwise stated.


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