2.4) By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
Fonterra works with smallholder dairy farmers in Sri Lanka to support improved productivity, profitability and sustainability through improving animal health and welfare, forage systems, and milk quality and safety. As a member of the Global Dairy Platform and a co-operative owned by farmers, Fonterra works to increase the capacity of local milk producers in a sustainable manner. The Fonterra Diary Development Program partners with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the University of Peradeniya and a team of 20 Supplier Relationship Officers that work one-on-one and in groups with farmers to build capability. Through its milk collection centers, Fonterra builds relationships with suppliers and then provides education and support to adopt good management practices. Fonterra pays farmers a premium for improved milk quality and safety. Fonterra works with suppliers to identify capability and knowledge gaps and to tailor appropriate advice and support for farmers. This can be related to milk quality and safety, productivity, animal health and welfare or sustainability.