WASHINGTON, June 12, 2014—As part of The Good Growth Plan launched last fall, Syngenta is awarding ideas that support one or more of the plan’s six commitments to address global food security.
The Good Growth Plan Grant Contest, announced in late May, includes one grand prize of $20,000 and three runner-up prizes of $10,000 each that will be distributed to the top four innovators the company’s judges choose to help implement their ideas. Deadline for submissions is July 14, 2014.
“Last fall, Syngenta launched around the world The Good Growth Plan, agriculture's most ambitious and comprehensive program to help sustainably address the global food security challenge,” said Jill Wheeler, Syngenta head of sustainable productivity in North America. “As part of this effort, we have been asking others to be involved. Now we are reaching out broadly in North America with this contest to find truly innovative ideas.”
Syngenta and others involved in the Good Growth Plan hope to achieve the following targets by 2020:
1 Make crops more efficient – increase the average productivity of the world’s major crops by 20 percent without using more land, water or inputs
2 Rescue more farmland – improve the fertility of nearly 25 million acres of farmland on the brink of degradation
3 Help biodiversity flourish – enhance the biodiversity on more than 12 million acres of farmland
4 Empower smallholder farmers – reach 20 million smallholders and enable them to increase productivity by 50 percent
5 Help people stay safe – train 20 million farm workers on labor safety, especially in developing countries
6 Look after every worker – strive for fair labor conditions throughout our entire supply chain network
Contest details and official rules can be found here.
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