SDGs and our impact
Our sustainable development goals
- We align our objectives with the United Nation’s sustainable development goals.
- We compare the objectives of our projects and our internal operations with the seventeen sustainable development goals set by the United Nations General Assembly.
- We research more sustainable farming techniques.
- We are committed to working in a more sustainable way and we also encourage stakeholders in the agrifood ecosystem to use more sustainable methods.
- We always aim to bridge the gap between theory and practice, between thinking and acting.
A selection of our work
SDG 2 – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
We look for innovative crops that can contribute to the biobased economy in the innovative garden at our site. We find out which crops can be grown locally, such as quinoa, marigold and chickpeas. This helps us to reduce the environmental impact and offers farmers and horticulturists the opportunity to diversify.
SDG 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Inagro wants to help fight against cancer. Some of our most enthusiastic cyclists belong to the West Flanders team in the ‘1000 kilometres’ campaign of Flemish cancer foundation ‘Kom Op Tegen Kanker’. Our employees raise money with a waffle sale and with collection tins for copper coins.
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation
The processing of waste streams is an important link in a sustainable chain. Inagro makes an effort to close various agricultural cycles, for example by cultivating duckweed. This crop can be grown on nutrient-rich wastewater and shows great potential to become a key source of protein in the future.
SDG 13 – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact
Inagro has recently invested in installations to reduce CO2 emissions, such as a cooling system using the natural refrigerant propane, a solar boiler for the hot water at the lab’s sanitary facilities and a flue gas condenser for the large boiler in the greenhouse. We try to reduce our energy consumption and we generate sustainable energy with solar panels and a biogas system.
SDG 15 – Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems
We promote functional agricultural biodiversity on our site with a flower meadow and insect hotel for pollinators, nest boxes for birds and a hedge for useful insects. We also raise awareness among farmers and horticulturists in order to inspire them to make similar efforts.
SDG 17 – Revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development
We work with Rikolto (formerly known as Vredeseilanden) to actively promote practical knowledge sharing and information sessions with growers from Nicaragua.