Syngenta Groups stresses that the agriculture sector’s resilience has been tested by the coronavirus crisis, making the fight against more climate change more vital than ever.
A global survey of large scale farmers in the USA, France, China, Brazil, India and across Africa for Syngenta Group found 72 percent are worried about the impact climate change will have on crop yields, animal health and their ability to do business over the next five years.
Farmers everywhere have also had to deal with unparalleled upheaval because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A separate survey of European farmers found 46 percent said their businesses had been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. However, 53 percent said climate change was still the immediate priority and 63 percent agreed climate change would have a greater impact on their business than COVID-19 over the next five years.
The Syngenta Group today launched its new Good Growth Plan, placing the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss at the core of agriculture’s recovery from the economic and social effects of the Covid-19 restrictions.
The new Good Growth Plan includes bold new commitments to reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint and to help farmers deal with the extreme weather patterns caused by climate change.
Erik Fyrwald, Chief Executive Officer at the Syngenta Group said: “Since its launch the Good Growth Plan’s principles and priorities have become deeply embedded in the way we do business at Syngenta. The plan was of course, just the start.
“The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the fragility of the agriculture ecosystem. Like a pandemic, climate change is an inevitable threat that we must address before it is too late. As the economy and agriculture begin to build back with the gradual easing of the COVID-19 restrictions, we need to support a recovery for farmers that puts the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss at its core.”