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Farmer attitudes on climate change 

Weather extremes are damaging farmer livelihoods, harming yields and pushing up costs. In 2019, agriculture in the US experienced its worst flooding by far, while in the EU countries like France endured their highest ever temperatures and severe droughts led to massive wildfires in Australia. Volatile weather patterns have brought with them new pests and diseases and put pressure on water and other scarce resources.

IPSOS Mori study reveals farmers are on the front line of the climate change fight

A 2020 study for Syngenta by IPSOS Mori found that 72% of farmers 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. The study of large-scale farmers in the United States, France, China, Brazil, India and across Africa revealed:

Farmers have their say about climate change and its impacts
Concerned about the effects of climate change
Experienced at least some climate change impact
Reducing carbon emissions would make their business more competitive
Have taken action to reduce their GHG emissions
Costs as the top barrier to adopting climate-friendly practices
Lack of government support a barrier to climate-friendly practices
Feeling the heat

Farmers are the first to feel the effects of climate change, but they are also on the front line in the fight to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Agriculture alone currently produces 12% of our global GHG emissions. That must change. Farmers need innovation to help them adapt and greatly reduce agriculture’s emissions. Improved farming practices can lower emissions by capturing more carbon in the soil.

Helping farmers, fighting climate change

We will only achieve our aims if we work in partnership with farmers. The survey also found 63% of larger farmers have already taken action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and most intend to take some form of action over the next 12 months. That’s why the new Good Growth Plan contains bold new commitments to reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint, increase biodiversity and soil health, and to help farmers deal with today’s extreme weather patterns caused by climate change.

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The Good Growth Plan

Our new Good Growth Plan puts the urgent fight against climate change and biodiversity loss at the heart of farming’s productive future and the global economic recovery.

Challenges for modern agriculture

Farming is a complex, unpredictable and individual business. Farmers must meet the changing needs of our planet and the expectations of regulators, consumers, and food processors and retailers.

Our climate change policy

As changing conditions affect crop yields around the world, we’re striving to develop technologies that make agriculture more resilient to climate change and help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.