Syngenta and The Nature Conservancy Team Up to Deliver Innovation for Nature

  • Multi-year collaboration focuses on business practices aimed at
    improving soil health, resource efficiency and habitat protection in
    Argentina, Brazil, China, Kenya and the United States
  • Syngenta commits to integrate sustainability principles into its core
    business offerings and research and development pipeline

BASEL, Switzerland & ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Syngenta and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) today announced a new Innovation
for Nature
collaboration to promote soil health, resource efficiency
and habitat protection in major agricultural regions worldwide. It
brings together Syngenta’s research and development capabilities and
TNC’s scientific and conservation expertise to scale up sustainable
agricultural practices.

Syngenta and TNC have worked together for over a decade on various
projects that support sustainable agriculture. This collaboration is
intended to demonstrate how a company can reevaluate 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. 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.

“We are delighted to be furthering our work with The Nature Conservancy
– we very much value their expertise in conservation and their
collaborative and pragmatic approach to helping farmers to incorporate
more sustainable approaches on their farms,” said Erik Fyrwald, Chief
Executive Officer at Syngenta. “Through this collaboration, we aim to
shape our innovation pipeline for greater environmental benefits and to
make a step change in agronomic practices for better soil health,
resource efficiency and climate resilience.”

The multi-year collaboration is focused on driving better conservation
outcomes through Syngenta’s commercial network and its research and
development capabilities – as well as partnering with international
organizations, growers and communities. Independent third-party experts
will be engaged where appropriate to help assess whether the
collaboration is delivering measurable benefit for nature. The Syngenta
Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, with its focus on helping
smallholders and improving their farm productivity and access to
markets, will also be integral to the collaboration.

“Growing and producing food sustainably is critical as we take on
climate change and other global challenges,” said Mark Tercek, Chief
Executive Officer at TNC. “To protect nature – and all of us who depend
on nature – our food system must do more to prevent deforestation,
protect biodiversity and enhance soil health. Our collaboration with
Syngenta is a step in the right direction and shows how two
organizations with different missions and purposes can work together and
look at innovation in a new way.”

Also as part of the collaboration, Syngenta and TNC are now working
together to improve resource efficiency, soil health and habitat
conservation in the following key agricultural geographies:

  • Argentina: In the Chaco region, work will focus on maintaining
    biodiversity and resilient ecosystems. The project is designed to
    restore and maintain forest habitat, which aids in regulating nutrient
    cycling and pests, creates windbreaks against soil erosion, captures
    carbon, and improves freshwater quality. Through the collaboration,
    Syngenta and TNC will develop guidelines for suggested best practices
    and a toolkit for producers.
  • Brazil: The collaboration will generate new research on the
    agronomic and conservation benefits of protected and reforested
    habitat to research and disseminate the economic benefits of best
    agricultural practices with a focus on improving land productivity on
    degraded pastures.
  • China: In cooperation with Chinese enterprises and academia,
    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.
  • Kenya: In Murang’a county, a densely populated region outside
    Nairobi, the team is working with farmers to implement practices to
    capture and store rainwater for off-season irrigation, which provides
    opportunities to increase farm income. It also helps reduce soil
    erosion, which benefits soil fertility, yields, and water quality. The
    project also includes soil testing and agronomic training on
    Integrated Pest Management practices to help farmers maximize benefits
    from off-season irrigation.
  • 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 on agriculture in the Saginaw Bay and Western
    Lake Erie watersheds.

Earlier this month, Syngenta announced it is accelerating its innovation
to address the increasing challenges faced by farmers around the world
including climate change, soil erosion and biodiversity loss, as well as
changing consumer expectations and views on agricultural technology.
Focus areas announced include: society and nature guided innovation,
striving for the lowest residues in crops and the environment, and
investing where it matters most to farmers and nature. This work – and
the collaboration with TNC – will build on Syngenta’s Good Growth Plan,
which has six commitments to be achieved by 2020 in areas where
improvement is essential to secure the future of agriculture and the
planet’s ecosystems.

About Syngenta
Syngenta is one of the world’s leading
agriculture companies. Our ambition is to help safely feed the world
while taking care of the planet. We aim to improve the sustainability,
quality and safety of agriculture with world class science and
innovative crop solutions. Our technologies enable millions of farmers
around the world to make better use of limited agricultural resources.
With 28,000 people in more than 90 countries we are working to transform
how crops are grown. Through partnerships, collaboration and The Good
Growth Plan we are committed to improving farm productivity, rescuing
land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural
communities. To learn more visit
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About The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a
global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and
waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create
innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges
so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate
change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale,
providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more
sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach
that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and
other partners. To learn more, visit
or follow @nature_press
on Twitter.

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