Derek Yach, PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President of Global Health and Agriculture Policy recently posted, Private Sector Serious About Tackling NCDs Despite Concerns of Civil Society, on the Huffington Post. In the post, an update on the United National High-Level Meeting on NCDs one year ago, Derek says that, “We in the private sector agree that a multidisciplinary approach is needed to tackle NCDs. The private sector is a major stakeholder in many ways — as employers; makers of food and medicines, sports gear and technology; as corporate citizens and consumers — and wants to be engaged in the global NCD dialogue. We deserve a seat at the table.” Derek follows with some examples of private sector actions and suggestions for next steps. See the entire post and let us know what you think. Read more

In our agricultural work our ability to build on success in one region and apply it elsewhere helps us ensure a reliable supply of raw materials that meet cost and quality standards. This ability to scale is important when we expand to new markets and create new products that need a sustainable agricultural supply chain to provide raw material ingredients. Read more

Last Thursday and Friday, the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science held an event, Global Capacity Building in Nutrition Science: Training Future Practitioners, Empowering Future Leaders, at the New York Academy of Sciences. PepsiCo associates in Global Health and Agriculture Policy, Nutrition, and Advanced Research attend the event; Derek Yach, SVP of Global Health and Agriculture Policy, gave a talk titled 21st century pressures to feed the world sustainably demand new approaches to, and increased investments in, human and institutional nutrition capacity. Read more

Derek Yach was recently one of the plenary speakers at the recent Grantmakers In Health Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is an organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. Derek spoke about Performance with Purpose, the company’s belief that what’s right for people and our planet leads a more successful future for PepsiCo. He noted that we have clear goals that address public health, ”such as aims to reduce salt, sugar, and saturated fats in products, and, at the same time, increase the proportion of healthier products in our portfolio.” He stressed that being guided by Performance with Purpose is important because societal needs are “deeply embedded, funded, and executed within the daily operations of [a] company [and are] linked to the way executives are compensated and the way companies report on their progress.” However, trade-offs still exist that... Read more

We are experimenting with several new irrigation techniques that will help expand the seasons that chickpeas can be grown in Ethiopia as a way to increase yields by planting more times during the year. Read more

Throughout Ethiopia, approximately three million small-scale farmers without access to many modern production methods account for more than 80 percent of total production of oilseeds and pulses crops. Read more

Chickpeas are a major pulse crop in Ethiopia, and are important for both the domestic and export market. Read more

See the difference here between a chickpea that come for the local seed, and a larger chickpea that comes from a new seed introduced by the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research. Read more

We are in pilot phase now and are testing a variety of methods – irrigation, fertilizer, seed spacing, seed variety – to see what combination provides best yield for farmers. Later in 2012, another crop will be planted, based on these new learnings. Read more

These chickpeas, in pod and on stem, are being grown on a farm in Shoa, Ethiopia about an hour from the capital city, Addis Ababa. The chickpea was originally found in what is now Turkey about 7,500 years ago. Read more

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