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Alltech & Thai Wah collaborate for Asian agri-food sustainability

At left, Dr Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech; at right, Ho Ren Hua, CEO of Thai Wah. (Image source: Alltech)

Alltech and Thai Wah Public Co. (TWPC) have announced a collaboration aimed at advancing carbon reduction efforts in the Asian agri-food industry by leveraging scientific nutritional solutions and technologies 

During Alltech’s 25th-anniversary celebration in Thailand, a memorandum of understanding was signed by Dr Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech; Jonathan Forrest Wilson, president of Alltech Asia-Pacific; Ho Ren Hua, CEO of Thai Wah; and Hataikan Kamolsirisakul, chief of staff and assistant vice-president for strategy, sustainability, and innovation at Thai Wah.

The agri-food industry in Asia continues to grapple with significant carbon emissions, accounting for approximately 42% of all agri-food emissions globally, according to the third edition of the biennial Asia Food Challenge Report. Addressing this issue is crucial, as at least two-thirds of emissions in the Asian agri-food value chain occur before the produce has even left the farm, the report highlights.

In response to this challenge, Alltech and Thai Wah are joining forces to enhance sustainable animal feed production, improve animal feed nutrition for optimal health and performance, and promote efficient waste utilisation through a biogas project. Additionally, the collaboration aims to reduce Thai Wah’s carbon footprint and advance its overall sustainability practices.

Alltech will provide Thai Wah with innovative solutions and technologies in precision nutrition, digital farming transformation, waste management, and carbon footprint assessment and reduction road mapping.

“This partnership is an exciting opportunity to bring together technologies and resources to create more value for Thailand’s agri-food industry,” said Dr Mark Lyons. “Alltech and Thai Wah are aligned in our values and our vision to create a world of abundance for future generations.”

Hataikan Kamolsirisakul said, “In collaboration with Alltech, we’re excited to pioneer agricultural innovation and promote sustainable farming practices in Southeast Asia. Together, we’re committed to building a resilient and sustainable agri-food ecosystem. Let’s work towards a future where every harvest benefits both people and the planet.”

Alltech emphasised that its Planet of Plenty vision aligns with Thai Wah’s vision of Creating Innovation and Sustainability from Farm to Shelf, highlighting the companies’ shared commitment to sustainability, innovation, and operational excellence.

According to Alltech’s statement, Thai Wah is renowned for its leadership in starch and starch-related food production, offering premium products to consumers through 16 operations across Southeast Asia, China, and India, with a global customer base. The company collaborates with over 50,000 smallholder farmers across Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia and is dedicated to supporting these farmers through reducing upstream emissions and food loss and waste, promoting biofertilizers, valorizing food loss and waste, and developing bioplastic mulch film and sustainable farming practices. These initiatives are designed to reduce input costs while enhancing Thai Wah’s profitability through additional revenue streams from its byproducts.