FMC Corporation, a leading agricultural sciences company, has been conferred a Certificate of Recognition for its exemplary contribution towards water stewardship in India at the inaugural TERI-IWA-UNDP Water Sustainability Awards 2021-22 on World Water Day 2022. The awards program was jointly organized by The Energy Research Institute, the International Water Association and the United Nations Development Program.
FMC runs an ongoing campaign under its flagship Project Samarth that seeks to provide access to safe and potable drinking water to 200,000 farmer families by 2024 in India. Project Samarth has to date commissioned 57 community water purification plants in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, benefiting nearly 100,000 farming families. The company is now expanding the reach of the program to cover more states including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat in 2022.
"It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts towards sustainability, said Mr. Ravi Annavarapu, president, FMC India, "Our goal is to empower the farming community and raise living standards through various initiatives and community outreach programs like Project Samarth. Over 4,000 FMC technical field experts engage with farmers about good agriculture practices and the sustainable use of water to enhance productivity while optimizing water use. We endeavor to educate the community at large about best practices in water consumption, and we are grateful for this recognition by TERI-IWA-UNDP. It motivates us to move forward on our mission of water stewardship.”
Apart from commissioning water purification plants, FMC also promotes the sustainable use of water in agriculture through its wide network of technical experts and channel partners.
The award was received by Mr. Raju Kapoor, director of Public and Industry Affairs, FMC India, in the presence of The Chief Guest Shri Bharat Lal, Secretary Lokpal of India, Former Additional Secretary Jal Jeevan Mission and Ms. Shoko Noda, UNDP Resident Representative in India.
The TERI-IWA-UNDP Water Sustainability Awards aim to encourage the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals by way of reducing the water footprint among various stakeholders through the adoption of the ‘water neutrality' approach. The Awards are spread over multiple categories and domains within the water sector, and aims to recognize and encourage various stakeholders such as individuals, civil society organizations, industries, municipal boards, Village Panchayats and RWAs, who are leading the local movement in the most transformative, impactful and innovative way.