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Syngenta Looks to a Shared Vision for Sustainable Agriculture

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  • Company to engage with stakeholders on building a shared vision for
    the future of sustainable agriculture
  • Considering the important role modern agricultural technologies and
    techniques can play
  • Listening sessions across the world to inform and support building
    consensus and identifying focus areas

Today, Syngenta has announced that over the coming three months it will
undertake consultation and engagement with stakeholders from around the
world in an effort to build a shared vision for the future of
sustainable agriculture. Through listening and dialogue, Syngenta is
seeking to better understand the role it can play and the commitments
needed from all sides to help make a shared vision reality.

Syngenta Chief Sustainability Officer Alexandra Brand said, "We want to
work together with stakeholders to build viable, productive and
resilient farms, using modern agricultural technologies to safely feed
the world while taking care of the planet. We will continue to provide
farmers and rural communities with solutions to help them to thrive and
deliver safe and nutritious food. Agriculture currently uses 70 per cent
of the world's fresh water1 and is a major source of the
world's greenhouse gas emissions2. Our products and solutions
help address such challenges and improve outcomes for the environment,
particularly soil health and biodiversity."

Setting out why Syngenta is doing this now, Mrs. Brand said, "It's time
to have a more direct and inclusive conversation to help rebuild the
trust between society and science. As a company we need to align our
role with the roles of others and work in a way that continues to build
society's confidence in the farming and agricultural innovation sectors.
We want to make sure we are able to respond appropriately to the
expectations of all our stakeholders so we can move forward
constructively and together. Building consensus on how different
agriculture systems can help support delivery of the United Nations'
Sustainable Development Goals will be the base on which the listening
sessions are built."

Mrs. Brand went on to say, "Once completed around the end of November
2018, we will be able to establish where we intend to focus our own
efforts. Outcomes from the consultations will help form the basis of new
commitments for achieving a future vision, together. We will establish
how to accelerate the development of products and technologies that can
continue to meet the needs of small farmers, large farmers and society,
in the future. We will also translate our findings into the next
evolution of our successful Good Growth Plan beyond 2020. We expect that
by early next year we will announce how we intend to move forward."

Mrs. Brand said the listening sessions would take different forms
including roundtables and one-to-one conversations. "Around the world we
will reach out directly to different groups and individuals who,
together, represent a cross section of those with a stake in the future
of sustainable agriculture."

CEO Erik Fyrwald
talks
 about the importance of balancing food production and taking
care of the planet.

About Syngenta
Syngenta is a leading agriculture company
helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers
to make better use of available resources. Through world class science
and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries
are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to
rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing
rural communities. To learn more visit www.syngenta.com
and www.goodgrowthplan.com.
Follow us on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/Syngenta.

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1 https://www.globalagriculture.org/report-topics/water.html
2
http://www.wri.org/blog/2014/05/everything-you-need-know-about-agricultural-emissions

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