By Chris Chen, head of digital transformation, Syngenta Asia-Pacific
The world’s food security is under threat. Exacerbated by the pandemic, climate change, and political and economic instability, many countries are facing food shortages and rising prices. The increased frequency of extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and heat waves are damaging crops and destroying harvests, causing significant impact on yields and financial losses for farmers.
At a time like this, the importance of building resilient food systems cannot be overstated.
This means creating systems that can withstand and adapt to the challenges of climate change, economic downturns, and other unexpected events. Systems that will not only improve food security but also support the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, enhance food sovereignty, and help build a more sustainable and equitable food system.
However, farming is a complex and challenging landscape. It involves a vast number of interdependent factors that farmers have no control over. Each day, farmers must consider the various factors that will affect their harvest and make important decisions that impact yields and ultimately their livelihoods. To me, our role as agribusinesses is clear — to create innovations that help farmers grow more with less.
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