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The Good Growth Plan

One Planet. Six Commitments.

Syngenta is committed to helping farmers throughout the world grow more food with fewer resources, while protecting nature and improving life for people in rural communities.

The Good Growth Plan Hero

While crops, management practices and cultures differ from region to region, the premise of The Good Growth Plan global initiative remains the same. Launched in 2013, The Good Growth Plan is Syngenta’s commitment to improve the sustainability of agriculture and our business. Working together with partners, we commit by 2020 to:

Make crops more efficient

Make crops more efficient by increasing the average productivity of the world’s major crops by 20% without using more land, water or inputs

Rescue more farmland

Rescue more farmland by improving the fertility of more than 24 million acres of farmland on the brink of degradation

Help biodiversity flourish

Help biodiversity flourish by enhancing biodiversity on more than 12 million acres of farmland

Empower smallholders

Empower smallholders by reaching 20 million smallholders and enabling them to increase productivity by 50%

Help people stay safe

Help people stay safe by training 20 million farm workers on labor safety, especially in developing countries

Look after every worker

Look after every worker by striving for fair labor conditions throughout our entire supply chain network

Our Footprint in North America
A message from Jill Wheeler, head of sustainability for Syngenta in North America

There’s a reason why growers associate Syngenta with an extensive portfolio of innovative crop technologies that help them make the most of each growing season. Equally important to helping farmers be successful is ensuring that we are contributing to a landscape where crops are more efficient and productive—so farmers can grow more with less. That’s where The Good Growth Plan comes in.

It’s not difficult to get behind an initiative as impactful and relevant as The Good Growth Plan. What makes this plan truly unique are the metrics-driven goals we’ve attached to each commitment. We collaborate with our network of reference farmers and industry partners to ensure that our contributions are meaningful—and that we’re meeting our self-imposed goals and milestones. Transparency and accountability are essential to transforming our commitments into achievements.

Representative Success

Since delivering on the 21st century food production challenge is much bigger than one company, partnerships are vital to the success of The Good Growth Plan. In North America, we work with conservation organizations, commercial farmers and other public and private stakeholders to promote good stewardship and sustainable farming practices.

Pivots for Pollinators

Innovation and sustainability are key for R.D. Offutt Company, the largest potato grower in the United States. Caring for the land and giving back to local communities also are at the core of the company’s mission. That’s why the 6-generation food producer has converted the corners of its potato fields—where water from center-pivot irrigation systems does not reach—to pollinator habitats.

Watch the video below to learn more about how this effort is helping restore pollinator populations.

Improving On-Farm Biodiversity

Modern crop farming has altered rural landscapes and natural habitats, with farmland often lacking the diversity that pollinator populations need. The good news is that building biodiversity on the farm doesn’t have to compromise crop productivity, as farmers in northwest Mississippi have found.

Syngenta partners with regional conservation association Delta F.A.R.M. to help growers establish wildflower plots within the borders of their fields. These plots, which are planted adjacent to fields of commercial row crops such as cotton, soybeans and corn, provide a wide range of foraging habitats for pollinators.

Supporting Delta F.A.R.M. with grower training, seed choice and agronomic support enables us to actively assess the effectiveness of establishing foraging habitats and nesting sites on marginal land. In addition to restoring vital populations of bees and other pollinators, these wildflower plots create habitats for small mammals and birds. With careful site planning and management, pollinator habitats can play a valuable role in reducing soil erosion and helping protect valuable water resources.

Delta F.A.R.M.

Additional Resources

The Good Growth Plan Six Commitments

The Good Growth Plan Brochure
File size 2.1 MB PDF

Why Good Growth Matters

Why Good Growth Matters
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The Good Growth Plan Progress Report

The Good Growth Plan Progress Report 2016
File size 4.28 MB PDF