The 4Ps

of Sustainable Agriculture

People

 

The global population is projected to rise to 9.7 billion by 2050. Ensuring the production of ample, nourishing food for all is one the greatest challenges of the 21st century. The People pillar of Sustainable Agriculture begins with those charged with food production – the farmers and growers of the world. Creating conditions to ensure the resilience of rural farming communities is essential to the success of the food production chain.

Agriculture provides directly and indirectly, a source of livelihoods for rural households totaling 2.5 billion people. Yet, poverty is excessively associated with agriculture, and agriculture is among the riskiest types of businesses. Agriculture can only become sustainable if it provides decent employment conditions to those who practice it, in an economically and physical safe, and healthy environment.*

*Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Prosperity

Agriculture is and will remain an economic activity driven by the need for those practicing it to make profit and ensure a decent living out of its activities. The transition to sustainable production can only take place when there is the right balance between private and public-sector initiatives, as well as accountability, equity, transparency and the rule of law.

Those involved in farming, fishing and forestry need to be provided with the right incentives that support the adoption of appropriate practices on the ground. Sustainability will only be possible by striking the right balance between private and public-sector initiatives, and ensure accountability, equity, transparency and the rule of law*.

*Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Prosperity

Agriculture is and will remain an economic activity driven by the need for those practicing it to make profit and ensure a decent living out of its activities. The transition to sustainable production can only take place when there is the right balance between private and public-sector initiatives, as well as accountability, equity, transparency and the rule of law.

Those involved in farming, fishing and forestry need to be provided with the right incentives that support the adoption of appropriate practices on the ground. Sustainability will only be possible by striking the right balance between private and public-sector initiatives, and ensure accountability, equity, transparency and the rule of law*.

*Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Perpetuity

Maintaining the field-to-fork continuity of the food supply is a mainstay in sustainable agriculture programs. Ensuring perpetuity in the years to come will require “bridge solutions”, enabling growers to move from a toxic pesticides system to a healthier, zero residue, biological-based system. Integrating natural, biologically-sourced solutions to complement and eventually replace synthetics is therefore more urgent than ever before.

At STK bio-ag technologies, we refer to our biological formulations as ‘food protection solutions’– they address the need for producing more abundant, nutritious and continuous harvests,  while preserving our ability to keep the food chain perpetually working, in order to keep up with future demands.

Planet

As the availability of arable land and water sources for irrigation diminish in the wake of our increasing demand for food, fostering greater environmental safety in farming ecosystems is paramount.

 

Sustainable production practices involve a variety of approaches. Specific strategies must take into account topography, soil characteristics, climate, pests, local availability of inputs and the individual grower’s goals. Despite the site-specific and individual nature of sustainable agriculture, several general principles can be applied to help growers select appropriate management practices:

 

  • Selection of species and varieties that are well suited to the site and to conditions on the farm
  • Diversification of crops and cultural practices to enhance the biological and economic stability of the farm
  • Management of the soil to enhance and protect soil quality
  • Efficient and humane use of inputs*
 *Source: UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute

Planet

As the availability of arable land and water sources for irrigation diminish in the wake of our increasing demand for food, fostering greater environmental safety in farming ecosystems is paramount.

 

Sustainable production practices involve a variety of approaches. Specific strategies must take into account topography, soil characteristics, climate, pests, local availability of inputs and the individual grower’s goals. Despite the site-specific and individual nature of sustainable agriculture, several general principles can be applied to help growers select appropriate management practices:

 

  • Selection of species and varieties that are well suited to the site and to conditions on the farm
  • Diversification of crops and cultural practices to enhance the biological and economic stability of the farm
  • Management of the soil to enhance and protect soil quality
  • Efficient and humane use of inputs*
 *Source: UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute
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STK Hosts Banana Grower Delegation from Brazil

March 2018 STK bio-ag technologies, a leading company in the development and marketing of botanical-based solutions, hosted today a technical visit  of brazilian banana growers to learn more about the positive effects of  botanicals on banana and its added benefits for crop protection. The visit began at STK HQs, followed by a 5 day technical tour throughout Israel to learn from various farms, banana specialists and listen to professional lectures in the industry. The VIP delegation of 15 visitors composed by producers, consultants and managers of associations covering all regions of Banana production in Brazil, visited as part of study tour the premises of STK HQs in Israel. The growers and consultants who will take part in this trip, represent more than 15,000 hectares of banana and the associations and cooperatives represent more than 80,000 hectares. The vist included and extensive tour of the the STK lab, during which the delegation was exposed to the company’s scientific and technological approach to researching and developing botanical-based solutions, as well as the exacting quality control practices employed in producing consistently effective commercial-grade formulations. Considerable discussion focused on Timorex Gold®, STK’s flagship solution which is currently sold and used on various crops throughout Brazil. The environmentally-friendly, botanical-based food protection fungicide increases productivity and efficiency in crops, while reducing chemical load residues on the produce. The delegation was informed about the benefits of Timorex Gold® for banana growers, including short PHI, zero residue, and the enlarging and promotion of the leaf surface. Timorex Gold®is certified worldwide by leading organic associations, including IBD Brazil, ECOCERT, BCS and others