Syngenta Aims to Scale Up Sustainable Agricultural Practices
Syngenta – a global leading agrochemical and seed company, has entered a partnership with conservation organization The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for the new Innovation for Nature campaign. The collaboration is meant to promote soil health, resource efficiency, and habitat protection in major agricultural regions worldwide.
Syngenta and TNC have worked together for over a decade on various projects that support sustainable agriculture. The collaboration is intended to demonstrate how a company can re-evaluate its business strategy by incorporating sustainability science into its decision-making process and engaging with farmers in new ways. The organizations are exploring investments in new precision agriculture solutions, cover cropping, integrated pest management, biological solutions, remote sensing and analytics, improved seed varieties and other advances.
As part of the collaboration, Syngenta and TNC are now working together on several projects. For example, in China the focus will be on the health and productivity of soil in arid potato-growing regions. The organizations are assessing and testing the environmental and industrial consequences of continuous cropping of potatoes and working to explore a science-based, sustainable crop rotation model for the region.
In the United States, working across Syngenta’s network of agricultural product retailers, the collaboration aims to encourage and incentivize the adoption of conservation practices, such as nutrient management, edge-of-field practices, and habitat preservation, with an initial focus of agriculture in Saginaw Bay and Western Lake Erie watersheds.
Bottom line is that by joining forces, TNC and Syngenta aim to identify and test new innovations and technology that can benefit farmers and the environment at a greater pace and scale than either organization could achieve on its own.