Measurement

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How we’re measuring our progress

We’re publishing our data

Our progress reports are based on independent data that can be used by others.

We've worked with growers and partners to create a process for measuring and sharing our progress. Our measurement relies on internal and third party data collection and validation, as well as assessment by independent auditors.

We report yearly on our progress on all six commitments and publish detailed data. We're working with the Open Data Institute (ODI) to apply best practice standards to our data. In time, this means everything we release as open data has an ODI Open Data Certificate.

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make crops more efficient

Make crops more efficient

How we measure this commitment

We’ve established a global network of nearly 3,600 farms to measure crop efficiency. Simply put, these farms measure how much food can be grown compared to how much water, land, fertilizer, seed, labor, etc. is used to produce it. Yield data from our farm network measures crop efficiency – by region – by farm cluster – and by crop. We can now compare the differences between crops grown with existing local practices (benchmark farms) and crops using optimized methods (reference farms).

Our global farm network: 3,600 farms in 42 countries

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rescue more farmland

Rescue more farmland

How we measure this commitment

To improve soil fertility on 10 million hectares of land, we’re focusing on conservation agriculture practices – and measuring the number of hectares of farmland impacted. We advise farmers and give them the tools they need to implement these practices globally, in partnership with academics, policy makers and soil experts.

Through on-farm surveys, we measure hectares of farmland impacted by conservation tillage, crop rotation and permanent ground cover.

In coming years, we’ll evaluate the impacts these practices have had on soil fertility and biodiversity.

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help biodiversity flourish

Help biodiversity flourish

How we measure this commitment

To enhance the biodiversity of 5 million hectares of farmland, we’re helping growers protect and support rich habitats in their field margins and along nearby waterways. We also do work that promotes managed forests and agro-forestry, which help protect water bodies.

Through on-farm surveys, we measure hectares of farmland impacted by field margins, buffer strips of vegetation, species protection programs along waterways and agro-forestry.

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empower smallholders

Empower smallholders

How we measure this commitment

We count the number of smallholders reached by sales of specially-designed products for smallholder farmers, as well as contact through our field activities. We reach growers in a range of ways: hands-on training, farm visits, and demonstration field days that educate growers on safe use of crop protection products, seeds, post-harvest storage, and sustainable farming methods.

We compare productivity differences between smallholder farms using existing practices (benchmark farms) and smallholder farms that use optimised methods as offered by Syngenta field experts (reference farms).

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help people stay safe

Help people stay safe

How we measure this commitment

We record the number of people who are trained based on attendance sheets and reports received from our staff, stewardship teams and training partners. Where we conduct safety training in large numbers, we calculate based on the number of sessions given and the average attendance of farmers in the area. New monitoring systems will track the effectiveness and impacts of labor safety training programs and identify how to improve adoption of safety measures.

Together with partners, we measure the number of people attending training sessions, and reported accidents and health incidents. In the future, we will assess the adoption of occupational safety and health practices by growers.

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look after every worker

Look after every worker

How we measure this commitment

As part of the Syngenta Fair Labor Program, our production teams visit farms regularly during the growing season for quality assessments, including monitoring labor standards. The Fair Labor Association conducts independent external monitoring, such as random farm-level assessments of working conditions, and requires us to provide corrective action plans and report on them publicly. Its verification of labor conditions concentrates on working conditions at farm level and benchmarking the employment relationship between growers and workers against the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct.

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Progress - 700,000 hectares of farmland impacted

How are we doing?

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Measuring our impact

To better understand how reaching our targets will make an impact, we’ve begun a series of impact assessments. We can see how our work makes a difference and identify potential areas where we can improve.

A smallholder social impact assessment in Nicaragua looked at the many ways one of our programs, FRIJOLNICA™ affects growers and their communities. A local organization, CIMS (Sustainable Markets Intelligence Center), conducted the study.

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