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Sustainable Agriculture. Right Balance. Better Yield.

Over the coming decades, our agricultural food system will undergo an accelerated transformation in order to provide access to enough healthy and affordable food for the growing population. At the same time, it will need to mitigate its impact on our planet so that future generations can flourish. This transformation will be driven by the call for better yield. Yield produced in ways that are recognized as valuable by society, are kind to the planet and help farmers earn a living.

Learn more about BASF’s sustainability targets for agriculture in an interview with Saori Dubourg, Member of the BASF Board of Executive Directors, Vincent Gros, President of BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division and Dirk Voeste, Senior Vice President Global Regulatory, Sustainability & Public Affairs, Agricultural Solutions.

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The Story

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FAQ

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Highlights

What do we mean by better yield?
Some examples of our products and technologies:

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How do we achieve better yield?

With our connected offer of products, technologies and services, we want to transform agriculture for the better by making a positive impact on the agricultural food system and ultimately on society. We believe that digitalization is at the core of this transformation and has the power to impact billions of people. To help farmers, agriculture and future generations to find the right balance for success, we have defined the following targets:

Our sustainability targets

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Climate Smart Farming

30% reduction in CO2 emissions per ton of crop produced by 2030

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Sustainable Solutions

7% annual increase in our share of solutions with substantial sustainability contribution

Die Technologie zur automatisierten Bilderkennung kann, beispielsweise unterstützt von Drohnen, die Art und Menge von Pflanzen, Schädlingen und Krankheiten in Gewächshaus- und Feldversuchen erkennen.

Digital Farming

 

400+ million hectares supported with digital technologies by 2030

Das easyconnect-System bietet eine überzeugende Kombination aus Sicherheit und Einfachheit bei der Handhabung von flüssigen Pflanzenschutzmitteln und reduziert potenzielle Risiken des Verschüttens und Spritzens während des Einfüllens in die Pflanzenschutz-Einspülschleuse.

Smart Stewardship

Safe use of our products with the right stewardship

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History of agriculture

Farming is fundamental to the world’s well-being. It provides us with food, feed, fuel and fiber and is a cornerstone of everyone’s heritage and culture. The history of agriculture traces the story of humankind’s development. Over centuries, the growth of agriculture has contributed to the rise of civilizations and still today agriculture plays a critical role in many economies. 

Farmers are the backbone of the economic system in most of the world’s nations; providing food and raw materials, as well as employment opportunities – from the farm workers themselves, to farm equipment producers, food processing, transportation, infrastructure and manufacturing. Agricultural progress has been fundamental to achieving food security, poverty alleviation and overall sustainable development. 

We have tremendous respect for the work that growers are doing day-in, day-out, season after season, generation after generation. They have been a constant force for growing and transforming agriculture throughout human history. Farmers have always done the biggest job on earth and we have been at their side for more than 100 years.

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Farming. The biggest job on earth.

Putting food on the world’s tables in these challenging times in the face of a fast-growing population and a rapidly changing climate. They’re naturally stewards of the land and have been contributing to sustainable agriculture for generations and generations to come. 

To feed an estimated population of 9.73 billion by 2050, experts think farmers will have to produce as much food as has been consumed in all of human history. With about 3 billion people more on our plant in the next decades, they’ll need to increase agricultural productivity by 50%. 

Balancing productivity and sustainability are the greatest challenges farmers face. But now, more than ever, they have to balance smarter methods and new technologies while earning a living for their families. They have to feed the world and preserve natural resources alike and become more resilient in the face of emerging uncertainties such as climate changes or dynamic economies.  This means reducing carbon footprint in farming operations, promoting biodiversity, preserving soil and undertaking numerous other agricultural practices to preserve our natural resources.

Revysol, which BASF launched in 2018, is a highly effective fungicide that not only meets the strict legal requirements but is also practical to use and uniquely flexible. It was developed by a diverse team of experts, among them Dr. Klaas Lohmann, Principal Scientist for Fungicide Chemistry (left), and Dr. Martin Dust, Head of Global Regulatory Affairs Fungicides (right). Here, they examine young wheat plants growing in the fungicide greenhouse at Limburgerhof, Germany.

How we support agricultural transformation

For us, sustainability is not just a buzzword but a state of mind. It is our attitude and the core of our actions. It means finding the right balance to contribute with impact to society’s fundamental needs and helping farmers to be successful in times of climate change, societal and economical challenges. By doing so, we secure our long-term profitable growth and renew societal acceptance. By delivering value to our customers, the environment, wider society and the economy through our products, solutions, technologies and services, we will be successful. With a combination of innovative thinking and practical action contributing to a sustainable future. With like-minded partners who share our vision.

By embedding sustainability even more deeply into the fabric of our business. To demonstrate our commitment to the future of our planet. Creating business opportunities. And partner industries with and economies in developing more innovative and resilient societies.

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Transformation Requires Partnership

We fully support the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to create a framework for sustainable business practices at economic, social and environmental levels. We focus on topics where we as a company can make a significant contribution, such as food security, climate action, responsible consumption and partnership.  

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