The two have signed an MoU to develop methods and tools to increase crop productivity, farm income and sustainability of select agriculture commodities, among others, Tata Trusts and Mars, Incorporated said in a joint statement.

Besides they will also collaborate on the availability of safe, affordable, and sustainable raw materials from India.

Chairman of the Tata Trusts Ratan Tata said: "Given Mars' global leadership in nutritive foods and sustainable agriculture, the Tata Trusts believes this collaboration will have lasting, meaningful benefits for Indian communities."

Mars Food President Fiona Dawson said: "Today's MoU with the Tata Trusts is an important step in Mars' journey to improve nutrition, food safety, and sustainability in India."

Tata Trusts and Mars also plan to collaborate on reducing Aflatoxin contamination in India's supply chain. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring, poisonous chemical produced by certain molds - is a critical food safety issue in India.

US-based Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned business and has over USD 33 billion in sales from six diverse business segments - petcare, chocolate, wrigley, food, drinks and symbioscience.

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