Farmers today face increasing challenges including climate change, soil erosion and biodiversity loss, as well as having to manage changing consumer expectations and views on agricultural technology.
Syngenta's new approach aims to support farmers by further improving the way crops are grown and protected, and to work with partners to find solutions that address interconnected environmental, societal and economic challenges.
Work will focus in the following areas:
Society and nature guided innovation
Society’s views and environmental needs will increasingly become central drivers for innovation alongside meeting farmers’ needs. New products will be developed in consideration of externally verified sustainability principles.
Panel with Jon Parr, Alexandra Brand and moderator Femi Oki
Strive for the lowest residues in crops and the environment
Syngenta stands by the safety of its highly-regulated products and the role they play in protecting food quality and safety. Nonetheless, Syngenta has listened and will work with partners to further reduce residues in crops without impacting farmer productivity, and continue to improve soil health and prevent soil erosion.
Invest where it matters to farmers and nature
Syngenta will collaborate – with farmers, academia and environmental groups – on researching and developing sustainable solutions. And they will report transparently on the progress and outcomes of these investments.
Syngenta's Global Head Sustainable & Responsible Business, Juan Gonzalez Valero
Over the coming months, the company will consult with stakeholders to develop clear targets and metrics against these focus areas, and will announce these later in the year. They are also working on building insights from the listening sessions into the next evolution of their Good Growth Plan in 2020. The Plan, which is in its sixth year, is well on track to deliver all commitments.
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