Syngenta has released the first full progress report on the implementation of its Good Growth Plan, a six-commitment program to improve rural and agricultural sustainability.
The Good Growth Plan was launched in 2013. Syngenta established a global network of more than 3,500 reference and benchmark farms in 2014.
Around 860 reference farms are using tailored protocols to raise productivity across all crops and key markets. The 2,700 benchmark farms represent a baseline for what growers are currently able to achieve.
In 2014, the company's programs impacted over 800,000 hectares of soil and around 700,000 hectares of agricultural landscapes. Syngenta also reached 15.3 million smallholders, primarily in Asia and engaged 4.7 million people with safety training programs. It also extended its seeds supplier program to cover over half of its 50,000 supply farms globally.
"[The update] shows there is much to do if we are to meet the challenging goals we set ourselves by 2020," Syngenta CEO Mike Mack said. "But we should be encouraged by the fact we now have the capacity to measure, monitor and manage improvements in land productivity and input efficiency."
Syngenta says the scale and rigor of the baseline data gathered on land productivity, the efficiency of fertilizers, pesticides, water and energy in crop production will complement and enhance the broad base of information and analyses already available to the agriculture sector.
All data have been validated, analyzed and audited by independent companies, Syngenta noted.
For more information go to goodgrowthplan.com.