HYDERABAD, 24 September 2022 – Corteva Agriscience has announced the launch of its 2022 Climate Positive Leaders Program, in India.
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 the Indian farmers who have made a measurable impact in advancing climate positive agriculture and share their stories for the benefit of farmers and all food system stakeholders around the world.
The initiative will provide the global and regional leaders who have been chosen with the means and chances to widely share their experiences and accelerate the adoption of practices that are beneficial to the climate. The nomination window will close on November 30, 2022.
The nominations will be judged and evaluated by a panel of agriculture industry leaders based on the criteria of the program. They will select up to number 10 Global Leaders and 12 Regional Leaders.
Along with India, there will be participants (farmers) from other countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
These farmers can be nominated by local or regional grower associations, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, field or sales representatives, or other technology partners.
“Corteva Agriscience has been working diligently to provide the innovative seed, crop protection, digital technology, and agronomy expertise to help farmers adopt sustainable on-farm practices. India is a key growth market in the agriculture sector, however, in the last few years outcomes of climate change have been adversely affecting the harvest and farmer livelihood across the country. There is an urgency to create a sustainable agriculture ecosystem with includes new ways not only to reduce the carbon footprint of farms but also to address the welfare of the farmers. With the launch of this program in India, we aim to recognize outstanding farmers who are effectively improving climate positive agriculture while fulfilling their yield and productivity targets. Enable them with a forum to share their stories and inspire more farmers to adopt climate positive farming," Gurpreet Bhathal, Director Marketing – South Asia, Corteva Agriscience said.
In addition to training and in-person participation in a Global Farmer Roundtable, the Global Leader award recipients will receive a lifetime membership to the Global Farmer Network (GFN).
GFN, established in 2000, identifies, engages and supports strong farmer leaders from around the world who can work with others to innovate, encourage and lead as full stakeholders in the work that is being done to fill the world’s food and nutrition security gap in a sustainable manner.
Recipients of the Regional Leader award will be given virtual training and acknowledged as GFN Fellows. Both global and regional leaders will have the chance to interact with key figures in agriculture and will be able to use a worldwide platform to communicate with other farmers about their experiences.