Bridging the raw material gap
As the global population continues to grow, there is increasing focus on aquaculture to provide the protein
to feed the world. At Skretting, as one of the largest aquaculture feed suppliers in the world, we see that we
have an essential role to play. A 30 million tonne projected increase in aquaculture production means there
will be a need for an additional 45 million tonnes of raw materials. So where will they come from? In this
series, we deepen on some of our ongoing activities in this arena, exploring novel ingredients and some of
our most important partnerships.
Part VIII: Introducing FEED-X
Project X is a WWF-founded corporate systems accelerator that helps organisations make difficult shifts in their sustainability agenda. Their focus is to help entire industries step change their sustainability performance, together. The ambition for Project X in the lead up to 2020 is deliver two pilot programmes, FEED-X and GAVI-X.
The vision of the FEED-X, the first pilot programme, is to remove the barriers to sustainably fed, affordable food by 2030. The focus is to source, test, finance and scale alternative feed ingredients such as protein, and oil, into the global feed industry. The ambitious target of this project is for 10% of the global feed industry to adopt alternative feed ingredients into value chains, including aquaculture and terrestrial species.
Skretting + Project X = FEED-X
This is where Skretting comes in – we are the lead corporate partner in this project for aquafeed, focusing on salmon and shrimp. Together with Project X, Skretting will be supporting FEED-X’s scaling up of (up to nine) best-in-class-innovators in the aquafeed value chain.
The FEED-X innovation challenge will be formally launched early 2019, and will be calling for innovators to come forward with ideas that can transform the sustainability performance in the aquafeed value chain.
Project X also work with a multi-stakeholder approach to ensure technical rigor and independence throughout the project; they bring in multidisciplinary expertise from across academia, NGOs, innovation and industry (up and down the supply chain from Skretting) among others. Their strategic partners include WWF, University of Cambridge, Climate KIC, Thompson Reuters, UN One Planet Network, and Business for Social Responsibility.
More about Project X
The second pilot programme, GAVI-X, has the radical target to reduce un- and under-immunised children from 15 million per year in 2016 to 10 million in 2020, while reducing environmental impacts by half.
Both pilots serve to lay vital groundwork for Project X, who will be defining the 10 highest impact intervention points in global value chains that need to be tackled to bend the biodiversity and GHG curves. This strategy, called the 10 in 10 will be launched in 2020, with the report and recruitment is starting in early 2019.
Thank you for reading the final chapter in our series about the ways in which we will bridge the impending raw material gap for aquaculture feed production.
We hope you enjoyed!