Enabling more sustainable agriculture practices to face the challenges of tomorrow

Satisfying the world’s food and feed demand expected over the next three decades will require an estimated 70 percent increase in global food production. By 2050, the world’s population is projected to reach 9.1 billion ─ 34 percent higher than today, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 

Feeding the world will require a concerted approach that balances environmental impact, decrease in resources consumption, accelerated innovation and the growing consumer demand for safer and more sustainable agriculture.

For the agricultural sector, this journey of continuous progress travels beyond business innovation and growth in a world connected to nature and preserving resources to create sustainable shared value for the future.

Farmer holding an eggplant,in a rural area of Guatemala

Solvay has a hand in taking on the sector’s many challenges by promoting the advancement of sustainable agriculture practices.

With a passion for chemistry, a commitment to the environment and know-how in the advantages of sustainable agriculture, Solvay has as its mission to be the leading innovator and supplier of sustainable specialty chemical solutions coupled with digital agriculture solutions. Customers can rely on long-standing formulation expertise, a global manufacturing footprint and superior Research and Innovation (R&I) capabilities.

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    • Higher performance and productivity

    Meeting the needs of the growing global population will demand significant increases in food production. Major crop performance improvements will be particularly crucial in a world where 50 percent of habitable land is used for agriculture and one-third of the food produced goes to waste.

    Solvay offers an array of products and solutions that enable all segments of the agricultural industry to improve productivity ─ from crop protection to plant nutrition and grain and seed care ─ and usher in more sustainable agricultural practices.

    By supporting the development and advancement of equipment and digitization that will herald a new era of agriculture, Solvay is also helping the industry forge the arrival of Agriculture 4.0, the future of farming technology.


    • Nutrition, health and food safety

    The current trend toward higher safety, health and nutritional standards in the food supply now demanded by an increasingly informed consumer base requires the food industry’s full focus on sustainable agriculture.

    Creating eco-friendly, non-toxic chemical solutions to help the agricultural sector reach greater performance and productivity while protecting consumer health and preserving the planet are integral to Solvay’s commitment to advance the principles of sustainable agriculture.

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    Sustainable use of resources

    The global agricultural sector is responsible for about 12 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (World Resources Institute) , 80 percent of the world’s deforestation (REDD+) and 70 percent  of all water withdrawals (World Bank Group Water Global Practice). These troubling statistics demand improvements in the agricultural industry’s use of resources and emphasize the priority that must be placed on sustainability for the well-being of humanity.

    Through innovative, high-performance chemical solutions that enable better plant nutrition, crop protection and seed care, Solvay provides the food production industry with a wide range of tools to help conserve the precious resources of water, land and energy.

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