Bayer affirms commitment to sustainability
Closing the Gap in Africa and Beyond through Modern Technologies
Schneider emphasized the urgent need for a sustainable introduction of modern technologies and local adaptation of tailored solutions with focus on small-scale farmers in Africa. Schneider said that the lack of access to production factors like land, fertilizers, high-quality seeds, innovative crop protection solutions, feed and farming tools negatively affects agricultural production.
"Closing this gap will allow African farmers to boost productivity. Rural development is the right way to food security, economic growth and social welfare of African countries," Schneider added, pointing out that projects and initiatives need to be complementary rather than competitive to address the nexus of food, water, energy and soil.
Bayer’s engagement in Africa dates back to the early 1920s. Today, Bayer is present in 25 African countries, and has helped spearhead an important public private partnership (PPP) project. Since 2006, Bayer CropScience has been supporting small-scale farmers in Kenya, helping them reach demanding quality and food-safety standards. The "Green World" project - one of roughly 240 food chain partnership projects Bayer has initiated worldwide - is based on the concept of providing local traders with intensive training by experts from Bayer CropScience.
Accelerating WHO Class I Insecticide Formulation Phase Out
Crop protection innovations are an important prerequisite for the sustainable development of agriculture. Bayer CropScience’s product portfolio is constantly being rejuvenated through the company’s research and development efforts so that it meets the needs of customers and fulfills the requirements imposed by changing cultivation and market conditions. As part of its ongoing portfolio optimization efforts, the company is accelerating the phase-out of all remaining WHO Class I insecticide formulations by the end of 2012.