Syngenta announced a contest for creative ideas that will support one or more of the six measurable commitments of The Good Growth Plan. The Good Growth Plan Grant Contest* will award one Grand Prize of $20,000 to help the winner implement the idea. Also, three runners-up will receive $10,000 each for the same purpose. Deadline for submissions is July 14, 2014. For contest details, official rules and to submit an idea, visit www.GoodGrowthPlanGrant.com.

“Last fall, Syngenta launched around the world The Good Growth Plan, agriculture's most ambitious and comprehensive program to help sustainably address the global food security challenge,” said Jill Wheeler, Syngenta head of sustainable productivity in North America. “As part of this effort, we have been asking others to be involved. Now we are reaching out broadly in North America with this contest to find truly innovative ideas.”

Our global population, now more than 7 billion, will rise to more than 9 billion by 2050. That is 200,000 more people to feed every day. Yet there is no more land for agriculture, and freshwater is already becoming scarce. The Good Growth Plan addresses the overall food security challenge with six measurable objectives to boost resource efficiency, rejuvenate ecosystems and strengthen rural communities. One planet. Six commitments. The commitments include:

  1. Make crops more efficient - increase the average productivity of the world’s major crops by 20 percent without using more land, water or inputs
  2. Rescue more farmland - improve the fertility of nearly 25 million acres of farmland on the brink of degradation
  3. Help biodiversity flourish - enhance the biodiversity on more than 12 million acres of farmland
  4. Empower smallholder farmers - reach 20 million smallholders and enable them to increase productivity by 50 percent
  5. Help people stay safe - train 20 million farm workers on labor safety, especially in developing countries
  6. Look after every worker - strive for fair labor conditions throughout our entire supply chain network

The contest seeks ideas that can be implemented to support one or more of the commitments.

To submit an idea for the contest, please see www.GoodGrowthPlanGrant.com. For inspiration on grant ideas, watch our animated video http://youtu.be/Bbjzo9seNX0.

For information on The Good Growth Plan, please visit www.GoodGrowthPlan.com.