Our affiliation with Land O’Lakes, Inc.’s diversified agribusinesses gives our nonprofit a valuable understanding of agriculture's role in Feeding Human Progress. Combine this with our nearly 40 years of agricultural development projects and we’ve got a powerful approach to tackling agriculture’s toughest challenges.

 

We partner with all agricultural players to drive market development, reduce investment barriers and strengthen farmer-to-fork agricultural systems.

 

We facilitate innovative,customized solutions using agronomic know-how, local insights, robust data, and cutting-edge technology.

 

We connect entrepreneurs and businesses to the resources they need to create transformational products and services that fuel long-term growth and profitability.
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Our areas of focus
We believe that lasting impact happens when every link of the market system is strengthened and contributing to a contextualized, local solution. We act on this belief as we work alongside women and men running local agribusinesses to increase their access to inputs, technology and markets. Along the way, we promote commercial investment and a competitive marketplace, and never lose sight of the importance of improving the nutrition and well-being of the people we work with.
Sustainable public-private partnerships are a hallmark of our approach to inclusive dairy development. With a goal of helping farmers, cooperatives and businesses strengthen their capacity to meet and create demand, we increase access to markets, finance, information, technologies and inputs. Our approach strengthens farmer access to animal nutrition, health technologies and improved genetics to intensify their productivity. And, developing dairy businesses connects farmers to lucrative markets. This accessibility leads to more nutritious animal sourced foods and allows families and communities to thrive through shocks.
 

Our link to Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Whether we are implementing a project focused on dairy, livestock or crops, we leverage expertise, innovation and technology from these Land O’Lakes, Inc.’s diversified agribusinesses. Learn more about Land O'Lakes, Inc. here.

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RESEARCH + DEVELOPMENT

The 130-member Land O'Lakes, Inc. R+D team drives innovation across an extensive range of products. The team, with backgrounds in food science, engineering and business management, delivers cutting-edge expertise in product development, quality standards, packaging and manufacturing processes.

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LAND O’LAKES FOOD SAFETY AND QUALITY

A team of 70 experts ensures that food safety and quality standards are met across a network of several hundred manufacturing facilities, distribution centers and global suppliers. This group has deep experience delivering HACCP training in both U.S. and emerging markets.

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COOPERATIVE MEMBER SERVICES

The combined know-how of nearly 2,000 dairy producers, over 350 independent ag retailers and a dedicated team of service professionals apply best practices in farm management, animal husbandry and animal welfare to improve the health and productivity of dairy and beef cattle.

Constraints associated with the livestock sector often involve unreliable availability of animal source foods delivered to processors, meaning increased production is critical to a well-functioning market system. We address this constraint by working with local actors to ensure our efforts are locally incentivized, scalable and sustainable – especially through times of stresses and shocks. We facilitate connections between livestock farmers and suppliers of the inputs and services they need to improve productivity. Through this, we create linkages to public-private partnerships to facilitate trade and value chain growth. 
 

Our link to Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Whether we are implementing a project focused on dairy, livestock or crops, we leverage expertise, innovation and technology from these Land O’Lakes, Inc.’s diversified agribusinesses. Learn more about Land O'Lakes, Inc. here.

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PURINA

The #1 feed brand in the U.S. and home of the country’s largest animal nutrition research center. Improves knowledge on animal health, nutrition requirements, formulation and feed solutions.

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SUPPLY CHAIN

A team of engineers and supply chain experts with expertise in food systems assessments, cold storage optimization, transport logistics and evaluations. Their analytical capabilities help design and optimize a complex global supply chain network to drive improved efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

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BIDCO LAND O’LAKES

A feed joint venture between Bidco Africa and Land O'Lakes, Inc. aspiring to be the market leader in animal nutrition in Kenya, with a vision of improving farmer productivity and well-being.

When it comes to sustainable crop production, there is no such thing as a single solution. Each crop, geography and community has their own nuances and complex systems. That’s why we turn to data, science and analytics, along with the art of local agronomy, to help farmers make insightful decisions in their fields. These data-driven insights – including analysis around weather conditions, soil health, agricultural best practices and access to markets – allow us to help farmers, cooperatives and businesses create a customized way to advance. Having strong market systems is key, from farmer-to-fork. It’s why we create opportunities for investment, trade and increased access to and information about safe, high quality and nutritious crops.
 

Our link to Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Whether we are implementing a project focused on dairy, livestock or crops, we leverage expertise, innovation and technology from these Land O’Lakes, Inc.’s diversified agribusinesses. Learn more about Land O'Lakes, Inc. here.

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WINFIELD UNITED

Industry-leading seed, crop protection, agricultural services and agronomic insights business that helps retailers meet farmers' needs.

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VILLA CROP PROTECTION

Co-owned by Land O'Lakes, Inc., this South African crop protection company has a strong portfolio of productivity-enhancing crop input products and services to help farms of all sizes sustainably improve their yields.

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LAND O'LAKES SUSTAIN

Leading stewardship solutions provider that brings together the best in agricultural technology and on-farm business management to drive sustainability across food systems.