Corteva Agriscience launches its Climate Positive Leaders program in India

The program aims to honor Indian farmers who have made an impact in promoting climate-positive agriculture and to share their stories for the benefit of farmers and all actors in the food system.

Hyderabad: Corteva Agriscience launched the 2022 Climate Positive Leaders program in India. The first phase of the program launched in 2021 is a nomination-based farmer recognition initiative created to highlight early adopter producers who are successfully implementing, scaling up and promoting climate-positive practices. In its first year in India, the program aims to honor Indian farmers who have had a measurable impact in promoting climate-positive agriculture and to share their stories for the benefit of farmers and all stakeholders in the system. food in the world.

The initiative will provide selected global and regional leaders with the means and opportunities to widely share their experiences and accelerate the adoption of climate-beneficial practices. The nomination window will end on November 30, 2022.

Nominations will be judged and evaluated by a panel of agriculture industry leaders based on the program criteria. They will select up to 10 global leaders and 12 regional leaders. Apart from India, there will be participants (farmers) from other countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States. These farmers may be nominated by local or regional grower associations, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, field or sales representatives or other technology partners.

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Speaking on the Climate Positive Leaders program, Gurpreet Bhathal, Marketing Director – South Asia, Corteva Agriscience said, “Corteva Agriscience has worked diligently to provide innovative expertise in seeds, crop protection, digital technology and agronomy to help farmers adopt sustainable on-farm practices. India is a key growth market in the agricultural sector, however, in recent years, the consequences of climate change have negatively affected crops and the livelihoods of farmers across the country. There is an urgent need to create a sustainable agricultural ecosystem with new ways not only to reduce the carbon footprint of farms, but also to ensure the well-being of farmers.

“With the launch of this program in India, we aim to reward outstanding farmers who effectively improve climate-positive agriculture while meeting their yield and productivity goals. Give them a forum to share their stories and inspire more farmers to adopt climate-positive agriculture,” Bhathal added.

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In addition to training and in-person participation in a Global Farmer Roundtable, Global Leader Award winners will receive lifetime membership to the Global Farmer Network (GFN). GFN, established in 2000, identifies, engages and supports strong agricultural leaders around the world who can work with others to innovate, encourage and lead as full stakeholders in the work that is being done to close the food and nutrition security in the world. responsibly and sustainably. Regional Leader Award recipients will receive virtual training and be recognized as GFN Fellows. Global and regional leaders will have the opportunity to interact with key figures in agriculture and can use a global platform to communicate with other farmers about their experiences.

Some of the 2021 winners share their positive experiences
Kristjan Hebert, Canada

Kristjan Hebert is a farmer from Fairlight, Saskatchewan who practices no-till, variable-rate input management, cover cropping and crop rotation to produce canola, fall rye, malting barley , hard red spring wheat, oats and peas. Kristjan began implementing climate-positive practices such as no-till nearly 30 years ago, adding field peas and fall rye as cover crops over the past six years, and most recently working with his family in the ranching industry to share silage in the manure trade. Its entire operation runs variable rate entry applications based on a 4-acre grid system. In addition, the nitrogen is treated to ensure that no gases are emitted into the environment.

Kristjan credits his variable-rate input management and grid-based annual testing with a 5-7% increase in his bottom line, with no-till and seed genetics providing even greater positive impacts on yield. He strongly advocates with farmers and other agriculture stakeholders on the overall environmental benefits of climate positive practices.

Felix Kili, Kenya

Felix Kili is a farmer from Eldoret, Kenya’s Rift Valley, who uses minimum tillage and crop residue preservation techniques that retain moisture for primary crops including maize, barley, wheat, and rapeseed, as well as cover crops such as solar hemp, sunflower, and canola. In 2005, Félix, his father and his brother stopped burning crop residues to increase soil organic matter. The transition to vertical tillage reduced erosion and helped retain moisture. Building terracing across fields allows the Kilis to reduce water runoff and enable water harvesting, improving yields each year and protecting against prolonged drought.

The extra crop residues significantly improved soil health, promoting biological life in the soil, such as earthworms, and reducing reliance on fertilizers. Cover crops also increased the population of bees and other beneficial insects. Overall, Felix saw a 17% increase in yields while production costs dropped significantly.

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