Food giant Mars and Tata Trusts, the philanthropic coalition, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to advance agriculture development, address malnutrition, and improve food safety in India.
Looking to develop methods and tools to increase crop productivity, farm income, and sustainability of select agriculture commodities, the two organisations will also conduct joint research on nutritional guidelines that can help address anemia and other forms of malnutrition.
Mars and the Tata Trusts also plan to collaborate on reducing Aflatoxin contamination in India’s supply chain. Aflatoxin – a naturally occurring, poisonous chemical produced by certain molds – is a critical food safety issue in India.
“The Memorandum of Understanding with the Tata Trusts is an important step in Mars’ journey to improve nutrition, food safety, and sustainability in India,” said Fiona Dawson, president of Mars Food (pictured above). “Tata Trusts’ strong commitment to improving the quality of life in India, and the depth and breadth of their expertise, makes them a natural partner for Mars.”
Pictured above: Fiona Dawson, president of Mars Food and Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata Trusts signing the MOU.