The Stockholm Industry Water Award recognized the company's efforts to mitigate world hunger.
FRESNO, Calif. - With U.S. headquarters in Fresno, CA, Netafim, the world’s largest irrigation company, recently received the international 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award. The award recognized Netafim’s efforts to mitigate world hunger through the efficient use of dripline irrigation in agricultural production.
The commendation was presented to Netafim President and CEO Igal Aisenberg at a World Water Week ceremony in the Swedish capital. Peter Forssman, chairman, Stockholm International Water Institute Board, presented the commendation.
Netafim is the first irrigation manufacturer to receive the prestigious honor. Previous recipients have included PepsiCo, Nestlé and Procter & Gamble.
The 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award honored Netafim’s innovative approaches to sustainable water management and the development of new products and technologies in agricultural irrigation that improve crop yields.
Nearly 25 million acres (10 million hectares) of farmland worldwide are irrigated with Netafim dripline irrigation.
The laureate was granted by the Stockholm International Water Institute in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
“We are truly honored to receive the 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award,” says Netafim’s Aisenberg. “As the global pioneer and worldwide leader in drip irrigation, we have always focused on saving water. With water and land scarcity topping the list of today’s major global challenges, we’re leveraging our expertise and experience in drip technology to achieve water sustainability and help combat food price inflation and ensure food security. This award is testimony to our efforts and inspires us to continue to help reduce water usage and to make the world a better, more sustainable place."
Netafim is an active participant in the global effort to promote sustainable water management, and the company’s worldwide presence enables it to make a significant impact on water usage.
Netafim operates 16 manufacturing plants in North and South America, Israel, Europe and Asia, and serves an ever-increasing number of agriculturists in more than 100 countries.
“Globally, 70 percent of our finite freshwater is used for agricultural irrigation, and with rapidly expanding demand for agricultural products, there is a dire need to improve water productivity,” says the Stockholm Industry Water Award Committee in its citation. “Netafim’s remarkable achievements, helping farmers across the world to ‘grow more with less,’ are directly contributing to a more water- and food-secure world.”
Netafim actively participates in international organizations dedicated to implementing recommended water usage practices. In this capacity Netafim partners with leading food and beverage corporations to ensure the deployment of efficient water usage methods throughout the value chain.
Netafim, which was founded in 1965 in Israel, is a member of the UN CEO Water Mandate and works with international organizations, governments and academic institutions. The company participates in global forums aimed at improving water usage in agriculture worldwide.