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    Putting sustainability into practice

      As the challenges of feeding a growing population increase, our role is to help farmers grow healthy, high quality food safely, and protect the land that we all hold in trust for future generations. For BASF, sustainability is a state of mind. It is embedded in everything we do from R&D to manufacturing and is a fundamental focus for collaboration projects to promote sustainable agriculture.

    Smallholder success stories

    There are around 500 million small-scale and smallholder farms in the world. Mostly located in the developing world, they are family-owned or operated, often poor and food insecure and have limited access to agricultural know-how, services and markets.

    We work together with food and farming organizations to combine agronomic expertise with local knowledge in collaboration projects that improve agricultural practices and increase prosperity in smallholder communities.

    Farm Network - finding the right balance

    Sustainable farming has to be more than just a theory on paper; to come to life, it needs expertise, practical examples, and a space for farmers to exchange experiences. How can farmers increase production while at the same time protecting biodiversity, water and land resources? How can a farm be environmentally sound, socially responsible, and economically viable. The BASF Farm Network, established in 2002, brings together growers and experts on more than (70) working farms around Europe to help farmers meet this challenge.  

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    • Product Stewardship

      Taking responsibility for crop protection products from discovery and manufacture to distribution, use, recycling and disposal.

      Fly-In Program

      Working with US agricultural aviation associations to support safe aerial application of crop protection products.

      On-Target Academy

      Helping farmers achieve the most effective and sustainable weed control possible with education and hands-on training.

      Protecting Brazilian Farmers

      Personal protective equipment safeguards farmers in Brazil against risk of exposure.

      Professional Farmer Kit

      BASF has developed a first-of-its-kind Professional Farmer Kit, designed to meet the safety requirements of smallholders.

      Safety for Banana Growers

      Long-running product stewardship and education program for farmers in China.

      Container Management

      Environmentally-sensitive packaging, farmer education on responsible use, and stakeholder programs to remove empty containers and recycle the plastic.

      Managing Waste

      A new waste treatment process now recovers 20,000 metric tons of sulfate brine and bromine for re-use every year.

      Egg Injection Test

      Our experts designed a test methodology that was fast, reliable, cost-effective and did not involve animal testing.  

      "Quimica na Vida"

      The Chemistry in Life project shows school children how to manage risk and prevent accidents with chemicals, poisonous plants and venomous animals.