Agriculture and food safety
The Universal Exposition will be held in Milan between 1 May and 31 October 2015, and will involve participants from hundreds of Countries all over the world. The Expo 2015 theme is “Feeding the planet, energy for life”, one of the central themes of sustainable development, in a global context where 870 million people are suffering from hunger and over a billion are malnourished.
Population growth, urbanization and the change of diets will enhance global food demand, which in 2050 will be 60% higher than today’s. The resulting challenge is further exacerbated by climate change and erosion of natural resources that provide the basis for food production. The contribution of energy to food production activities mainly involves meeting the energy needs of irrigation and transformation activities. The majority of farmers in the world are those with smallholdings: intensifying and increasing access to sustainable energy sources for this large group of producers would allow to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly with regard to eradicating poverty and protecting the environment.
eni is engaged in activities to support agriculture in Nigeria, Tunisia, Iraq and Congo.
eni has undertaken activities to support agricultural development with the aim of ensuring a better quality of life for local communities in the areas where it operates, facilitating access to food and promoting food security. Among the most successful cases are the projects launched in the agricultural sector in Nigeria, Tunisia, Iraq and Congo.
In Nigeria the Green River Project (GRP) is an example of an intervention aimed at developing local communities through the promotion of innovative agricultural solutions. The GRP project has been helping the communities of the Niger Delta for 27 years with a unified system for the distribution of services to boost agricultural development (the Agricultural Extension Services Delivery system - AESD) and improve the living conditions of rural populations. The project has actively promoted agricultural development and an improvement in socioeconomic conditions in the area, creating favourable relationships with the communities that host eni operations in the Niger Delta. Since 1987, the project has benefited more than 500,000 people distributed over an area of 4,000 km2.