As asset manager in the agricultural sector, we are committed to enabling farmers to achieve their business targets while meeting our sustainability objectives. We have translated these objectives under the principles of Climate-Smart Agriculture to ensure that every effort is made to keep the soil fertile for future generations of farmers. We do so by realising a sustainable income with sustainable production, by making the agricultural sector climate proof and by reducing CO2 emissions wherever possible.
Sustainable income with sustainable production
We know better than anyone what a fantastic calling farming is but we are also aware that becoming a farmer is more and more of a challenge these days. Besides having to deal with the increasing complexity of farming, large investments are required. Our lease hold products provide farmers with investment funding for starting, expanding or improving the sustainability of their farms. In consultation with the sector, we develop products, such as Jonge Boeren Erfpacht (Young Farmers Lease Hold), which bring ‘becoming a farmer’ that step closer. This contributes to continuity in the agricultural sector and thus a sustainable income for farmers.
Soil is the most important factor in our food production. In order to keep this essential resource healthy and fertile, we, together with Rabobank and Vitens have co-created the Open BodemIndex (Open Soil Index). The Open Soil Index measures the health of soil by looking at its chemistry, biology and structure. We aim to promote use of the index by farmers as this innovative tool gives insight into soil health and provides a framework for improving it. Good soil health enhances biodiversity in and on the soil because it provides a favourable living environment for all kinds of plants and animals.