Enhancing sustainability across our business

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do

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By 2030, the Asia Pacific region will have another 250 million people and become home to almost half of the global population.

At the same time, we will need to produce 60 percent more food by 2050 to meet our needs, against the backdrop of accelerating climate change - which could further cut crop yields – deteriorating soil as well as biodiversity loss.

Globally, Syngenta’s Good Growth Plan is our commitment to tackling this challenge.

Accelerating innovations for farmers & nature

Strive for carbon neutral agriculture

Help people stay safe and healthy

Partnering for Impact

Farmers in Asia Pacific are as diverse as the region itself - from smallholders struggling near the poverty line to large landowners with industrial businesses. They are at the center of tackling the food and climate challenges and building a more resilient food system. Helping them do so in a sustainable and responsible manner is one of our highest priorities, but we cannot do it alone. The answer lies within partnerships, through innovation in products, supporting technologies and value chain collaborations.

Syngenta for Smallholders

At Syngenta, we enable our APAC smallholder farmers by providing easy access to innovative agricultural solutions through collaborative partnerships to address their most challenging issues.

Creating an environment for farmers to succeed

Farmers face multi-layered challenges. Great technologies need to be available and accessible to really create impact, especially for smallholder farmers.

 

In some markets, we build connections to help farmers access essential resources. For example, in Bangladesh, we work with banks to provide microfinance to farmers so that they have access to quality inputs, and banks can lend with less risks.

We also work with food companies to provide farmers both access to input and market for produce. For example, we collaborate with Kellogg’s in Thailand to provide quality input to rice farmers, teach them the best practices in sustainable rice farming, and secure the uptake of their harvest.

The rapid growth of smartphone penetration across Asia allows us to seize the opportunity to create a digitally enabled ecosystem for farmers. Our Cropwise Grower app is tailored to fit the needs of Asia’s smallholder farmers and provide them all the resources they need to succeed.

Educating on safe and responsible use

We train farmers on the right use of products, including the adoption of personal protective equipment (PPEs), and encouraging farmers to protect themselves as well as the environment they live in. From collaborating with influencers in Australia and the Philippines, to making sure that APAC farmers get the message on safe practices on the farm. We are hard at work in making safety a reality.

 

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Australia

We have a number of initiatives, partnerships and resources in place to equip growers and applicators with a deep understanding of how to get the best performance out of our products while minimizing potential risks.

India

Protecting the environment and human health is as important as controlling agricultural pests and weeds. When it comes to the Indian smallholders, we host many events and programs to create a long-term positive impact on the farmers’ wellbeing and health.

Producing quality food sustainably

We support the production of higher quality food by implementing lowest residue projects and working with value chain partners to create a market that meet strict import standards.

By doing this, we help farmers to access higher value markets. For example, rice farmers in India that follow our recommendations find their produce pass some independent standard like Sustainable Rice Platform. In Vietnam, we work with Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) to provide coffee farmers in the Dak Lak region with the practical skills to grow coffee, using inputs such as crop protection products more efficiently, so that farmers can increase their production sustainably, supplying safe and affordable beans, while minimizing their environmental impact.

Using drones, farmers can farm more efficiently by reaching crops with less physical labor. In Thailand, we work with sugarcane farmers and train them on the use of drones. Farmers are seeing better yields and quality crops from their use of drones, resulting in improved profits.

Protecting the environment – climate change, biodiversity, and soil health

Some 10 to 20 per cent of Asia Pacific’s greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. For us, the answer to carbon reduction lies in smarter farming practices. Our Women Rice Farmers for Climate Action project in Indonesia aims to introduce climate smart agronomy through women empowerment, and RISOCARE project in Japan enables farmers to adopt direct sowing of rice and achieve greenhouse gas reduction and water reduction, as well as labor saving. These programs improve resource efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, enhances soil health, and improve productivity for farmers.We are also helping farmers better understand how to improve soil quality and increase biodiversity to raise the yield, quality, and economic value of their crops.In the Philippines, we’re improving farmer livelihoods and yields through healthy soil.

In Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Philippines, our Operation Pollinator projects provide additional habitats for pollinators, and some even help farmers increase the yield and quality of their crops by more pollination.

Find out why pollinators like Bees are important for farming:

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Click to see how we're doing it in Phillipines and Australia.

Syngenta Foundation: helping smallholders improve their livelihoods

The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) works with smallholders in developing countries. It helps them raise their yields and tap into markets – for better income and food security.SFSA concentrates on Risk Management, Agriservices and Access to Seed in Africa and Asia. It also supports R&D and policy work for smallholders and engages in debate worldwide.A non-profit, its core funding comes from Syngenta. SFSA partners with organizations across the public and private sectors.