Internet site allows public to track progress of Syngenta's Good Growth Plan

Syngenta announced today that it has posted information on the Internet about its Good Growth Plan, a program to help feed a growing world population by making crops more efficient, rescuing farmland and promoting biodiversity.

The data includes 2014 information from 3,600 farms in 41 countries across Europe, Africa, Latin America, North America and Asia Pacific, representing about 200 crop-climate combinations. Syngenta is the first company to publish crop level information, including resource efficiency, on the Internet.

"Making these data public will allow people to make their own assessments of the progress of our Good Growth Plan,” Syngenta CEO Mike Mack said. “It is also blurring the traditional roles of business, government and non-governmental organizations by highlighting our collective responsibility to address acute global challenges. Above all, the data will be of value to farmers, enabling them to increase productivity sustainably and to enhance their livelihoods."

Syngenta also will work with the Open Data Institute on an "Innovation Workshop" this year to promote an idea exchange on open data’s use in agriculture. The workshop will look at ways crowd sourcing and open data can lead to new and ongoing solutions to agricultural challenges.

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