Syngenta recently announced six commitments to address the global food security challenge. The Good Growth Plan has specific, ambitious and measurable targets which focus on boosting resource efficiency, rejuvenating ecosystems and strengthening rural communities.This new initiative aims to address the challenges we face with respect to scarcity of natural resources that will increase the existing pressure on farmers who are working to meet the world's needs for food, fuel and fiber and define food production in the coming decade.
According to Kanupriya Saigal, Manager Corporate Affairs- External Communication and Branding- South Asia and Seetharam Annadana, Traits Development Lead, South Asia, "We know that agriculture is the mainstay of the economy in South Asia and will continue to be for at least the next few decades providing employment to almost 60 percent of the population. Coupled with this, the biggest challenge of the 21st century would be to feed more mouths demanding improved nutrition in a sustainable manner. With South Asia estimated to add more than half a billion people by 2050, the farmers will have to grow crops more efficiently, conserve existing land, improve biodiversity and most importantly integrate the vast multitude of smallholders currently holding less than two hectares into the mainstream of the developmental process."
They go on explaining the details about the commtments and the plan as under:
--Make crops more efficient: Increase average productivity of the world's major crops by 20 percent without using more land, water or inputs
--Rescue more farmland: Improve the fertility of 10 million hectares of farmland on the brink of degradation
--Help biodiversity flourish: Enhance biodiversity on 5 million hectares of farmland
--Empower smallholders: Reach 20 million smallholders and enable them to increase productivity by 50 percent