The Syngenta Group announced Monday the launch of a revamped Good Growth Plan, a $2 billion effort to fight climate change and biodiversity loss by bringing two technological breakthroughs to market each year.
The announcement comes after a survey conducted by Ipsos MORI for the Syngenta Group revealed that 72% of farmers in the United States, France, China, Brazil, India and across Africa are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the impact that climate change will have on their operations. Broken down by country, 75% of Indian farmers say they have felt the impact of climate change, compared to only 44% of U.S. farmers
“When we speak to farmers, we see they are the first to be harmed by climate change and biodiversity loss,” Alexandra Brand, the chief sustainability officer at the Syngenta Group, stated in a release. “Now the COVID restrictions could also have long-lasting effects on the food and agriculture sector. That’s why the significant levels of investment in innovation that you see in the new Good Growth Plan are needed to fight climate change and provide for a food system working in harmony with nature.”
The plan is divided into four areas: accelerating innovation for farmers and nature, striving for carbon-neutral agriculture, helping people stay safe and healthy, and partnering for impact.
The group launched a Good Growth Plan in 2013 that restored over 34 million acres of farmland from degradation and improved biodiversity on over 19 million acres of farmland, the release stated.
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