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A rising global population. The increasingly unpredictable climate. Lack of access to new agricultural technologies. These are just a few challenges smallholder farmers face every day, and they need innovation to improve the diversity and bounty of our global food system.
There isn’t a single solution to alleviate these complex problems. As Bayer seeks for ways to assist smallholders – whether through breeding innovation, better crop protection products or partnerships, like the one we have with Better Life Farming – we know farmers are seeking numerous innovations that will enable them to prosper. And we’re helping deliver.
Here are three of those innovations.
1. Bolstering Crop Resilience
Crop loss can conjure images of pest and weather challenges, all of which affect farms around the globe differently – but field challenges are just one piece of the puzzle. Smallholders also need innovations to minimize food loss in transport.
Innovation Example: Cucumber Hybrids
2. Planet-Pleasing Precision
Droughts and weather variability are also factors in crop losses. Thankfully, irrigation innovations can help smallholder operations stabilize – while both pleasing our planet with saved resources and relieving global food security with increased yields.
Innovation Example: Sustainable Drip Irrigation
3. Knowledge Empowers
While increasing yields and crop resilience is important, it doesn’t mean much if smallholders don’t have access to training and certification programs that open up market opportunities and food chain linkage. Our BayG.A.P. initiative supports farmers worldwide in that regard.
Innovation Example: BayG.A.P. Initiative
Innovation Keeps Smallholders Productive and Profitable in a Sustainable Manner
Despite the many challenges smallholder farmers face – from climate conditions, access to agri-inputs and market linkage – we’re empowering them to become more productive and profitable. Because the more innovation we can make available to them, the better they can feed their communities, improve their livelihoods and benefit our global food system.
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