One year after its launch, the Syngenta Good Growth Plan to help address the global food security challenge is gathering momentum, says company CEO Mike Mack.
The plan comprises six measurable commitments for the year 2020 to help address the global food security challenge. These include increasing farm productivity while boosting resource efficiency, rejuvenating ecosystems and strengthening rural communities.
"Though it's still early in the journey, we're pleased with the gathering momentum for The Good Growth Plan," Mack said. "We have established a clear and transparent framework for measuring progress, and new grower offers reflect our focus on productivity and sustainability."
Part of the plan includes participation from 893 reference farms and 2,673 benchmark farms. The reference farms are adopting tailored crop protocols with the aim of increasing productivity without using more land, water or inputs, while the farms' progress is measured against benchmark farms.
Market Probe, an independent market research firm, gathers the data, which is collected on land productivity as well as the efficiency of fertilizers, pesticides, water and energy on crop production.
Data will then be externally audited, and first results will be available in Syngenta's 2014 Annual Report due out in March, 2015.
Syngenta is also facilitating internal projects and crop solutions designed to address the Good Growth Plan commitments. The company is also partnering with outside organizations.
"We have the full support of our employees as well as thousands of distributors and growers worldwide," Mack said.
Independent reporting on each commitment, starting next year, will subject the Plan's progress to public scrutiny, which the company welcomes, Mack said. "Our objectives for 2020 are ambitious and we know we cannot succeed alone. We look forward to working with others who share our commitment to global food security."
Visit the project website for more on the year's Good Growth Plan accomplishments.