The company together with The Nature Conservancy and Fundación ProYungas in the launch of Agroideal, a tool to design planting strategies, in alignment with its global commitment to traceability in its supply chains.
Buenos Aires, July 2019. Bunge began the implementation of the technology developed by Agroideal, used to implement its business and regional development strategies to plan expansion in already open areas, with the aim of reducing both the conversion of natural spaces and social and environmental impact.
The Agroideal platform gathers the necessary information and cross-checks its variables, by weighting layers of information, providing soybean productivity data, and contributing maps of native populations and native forest areas. Agroideal was launched last month by Hernán Zunino from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Coordinator of Agroideal in Argentina, together with Sebastián Malizia, Coordinator of the cooperation between Fundación ProYungas and TNC for the implementation of the tool for Gran Chaco.
Within this framework, Guillermo García, Institutional Relations Manager of Bunge, and the other companies working on the tool participated in the discussion panel which highlighted the tool potential as a neutral indicator in the design of origination strategies in the Chaco region, considering environmental and social impact, based on the contributions of institutions such as INTA and resource conservation NGOs.
These indicators were defined by a working group made up of stakeholders and technicians from the entire soy value chain, including Bunge. More than 15 institutions and their teams were consulted at some point in this process, including INTA specialists, who participated in expanding the information, improving the quality of the tool and the degree of detail of the categories described.
At a global level, Bunge committed to the traceability in its supply chains and is working accordingly. The tool is already being used to support planning activities in Brazil and is expected to be adopted by the sector in Argentina as it represents an important step in identifying suitable areas where deforestation is not needed to expand agriculture.