November 13, 2014 /3BL Media/ - For years, the Biomimicry Institute and founder Janine Benyus have asked, “How can nature-inspired design solve the world’s most pressing problems?” The Biomimicry Institute and partner Ray C.
Dr Kenneth M Baker, Chairman, World Agricultural Forum
“Although gradually declining, the number of people employed in agriculture is greater than for any other human activity – around 35% of all those in employment globally.
Most of those people are in developing economies and at the lower end of the income scale. At the same time, agriculture is estimated to consume a hugely disproportionate 70% of the world’s freshwater as well as use large amounts of land.
Because of their rural location, many of BAT's upland farmers in Bangladesh haven’t had an electricity supply. Access to clean water for drinking and sanitation can also be a major challenge for them.
Since 2011, BAT Bangladesh has provided over 1,300 solar energy panels that generate electricity for 15 remote villages in tobacco growing areas. The company also runs a project which has, so far, installed 53 water filtration plants that purify up to 270,000 litres a day, providing much needed clean drinking water in 14 districts.
British American Tobacco work as partners with over 100,000 farmers worldwide, providing them with on-the-ground advice and support. Watch the video to see this partnership in action in Lombok, Indonesia.
Find out more about BAT's support for farmers in the new Sustainability Focus Report, available to download as a standard PDF, interactive PDF and app for iPads and Android tablets at www.bat.com/sustainabilityfocus.
Enactus students from the United States saw a way to cultivate hope for disabled veterans by hiring them to help work a pepper farm. A seasoning is derived from the peppers and then sold to fund the farm’s operations. In addition to employment, the veterans find a source of therapy in nurturing their plants. How much more do veterans earn per week? Find out at: http://enactus.org/seeopportunity/project-gallery/project/datil-peppers/.