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Agriculture and climate change

We recognize the challenges climate change poses for agriculture – and the contribution we can make to tackle it. A changing climate affects growing seasons, water availability, pests and crop productivity – hindering farmers’ ability to produce better and more abundant food for a growing population. It also impacts our own operations, through altered weather patterns and water availability.

The 2015 Paris Agreement builds on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), bringing nations together in efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. While agriculture is not formally part of the agreement, the parties agree on the strategic role it plays in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

In this spirit, we encourage growers to adopt climate-smart practices that help them to optimize inputs, reduce soil-based carbon emissions and build crop resilience to changing weather patterns. We work with a wide range of stakeholders, transferring knowledge and achieving results on the ground. And we measure what can be achieved on farms through our Good Growth Plan.

We report on our actions and performance in our all submissions or download our latest climate change submission)

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Innovation to tackle climate change
Helping farmers become more resilient

We’re making a positive contribution to tackling climate change by helping farmers mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate.

Our products, combined with improved input technologies and better management practices, are strengthening agriculture against both the causes and the effects of climate change.

Drought tolerant seeds

Our AGRISURE ARTESIAN® corn hybrids, can help produce reliable yields in drier and semi-arid conditions, reducing the need for new arable land.

Reducing emissions in our own operations

Reducing the amount of energy consumed across our operations is critical to helping us cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and costs. Our environmental management system monitors our performance in energy efficiency and carbon emissions and helps us identify opportunities to reduce our impacts. As part of our Accelerating Innovation commitment, we aim to reduce the carbon intensity of our operations and supply chain by at least 50% by 2030 – a target validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

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Helping suppliers manage emissions

We have a long tradition of assessing and auditing our chemical suppliers’ compliance with our health, safety and quality standards. In 2015, we joined the chemical industry’s Together for Sustainability initiative, which pools the resources of its member companies to optimize the efficiency and frequency of supplier audits and assessments. These include evaluation of suppliers’ action to track and reduce GHG emissions. GHGs associated with site processes and activities, transport fuel use both on and offsite, agricultural activities and other sources are expected to be monitored and routinely assessed.

We are also committed to long-term CO2 intensity reduction for all our land, sea and air distribution logistics. We are currently implementing a global program with partners who integrate and co-ordinate all logistics operations across supply chains to optimize processes and gain economies of scale. This will improve energy and cost efficiency, compliance and CO2 emissions.

Partnering to tackle climate change

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do. Our ambition is to support a step change in collaboration among governments, NGOs, business, financial and donor institutions, schools and universities.

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Efficiency and sustainability go hand-in-hand

We’re continually reviewing and adjusting our operations and building on established relationships with suppliers.

The Good Growth Plan

We’ve committed to reduce agriculture's carbon footprint and help farmers deal with the extreme weather patterns caused by climate change.

Global climate change, local impacts

More and more, climate change is impacting our experience in the field.