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FMC Corporation has shown leadership in Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) performance throughout 2022.

FMC Corporation has been recognised by CDP, the gold standard of environmental reporting, as a leader in environmental sustainability, earning an A- for climate change and water security. The scores reflect FMC’s ambitious environmental goals as well as the company’s transparency and management of climate-related risks.

“We are thrilled that FMC has been recognised by CDP as a global leader for the measures we are taking to address climate change and water security,” said Karen Totland, FMC vice president and chief sustainability officer. “We have continued to raise the bar for sustainability at our company and achieving a score of A- in both areas validates the efforts of so many colleagues around the world. Achieving our goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 is a top priority and we continue to make notable progress despite a challenging environment.”  

Earlier this year, FMC reset its environmental sustainability goals to drive meaningful improvements in emissions, energy, water and waste across its value chain. In addition to its aggressive net zero targets, FMC continues to promote water stewardship at its operating sites and in the communities it serves, and is focused on reducing water consumption in high-risk locations. In 2022, the company established a goal to achieve Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certification at all its sites by 2035.

In 2022, more than 680 investors with over $130 trillion in assets and 280 major purchasers with $6.4 trillion in procurement spend requested environmental data from companies through CDP. A record more than 18,700 companies globally responded. Just 24 percent of chemicals companies who responded reached the leadership level (A/A-) for climate change, with the industry average score being a B-. 

“As a mission-based non-profit that runs the global environmental disclosure system, CDP greatly values the support of FMC,” said Dexter Galvin, CDP global director, Corporations & Supply Chain. “Urgent system-wide action remains critical to ensuring that we can limit global warming to 1.5°C, avoid the worst effects of climate change and safeguard our planet’s natural resources. Disclosure is the first key step in addressing current and future environmental risks. FMC has demonstrated its commitment to transparency around its environmental impacts and strategies for action by disclosing its environmental data through CDP in 2022. Disclosure not only provides the foundation for environmental action, but brings tangible business benefits for shareholders, customers and employees alike.” 

FMC has shown leadership in Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) performance throughout 2022. In addition, to CDP, FMC scored in the 92nd percentile (as of December 13, 2022) of chemicals companies for S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), which assesses over 10,000 companies around the world.

FMC Corporation has shown leadership in Environmental

Focal Theme: “Science & Technology: Development with Women Empowerment”

The Indian Science Congress (ISC), being held from 3rd to 7th January 2022 at Nagpur would focus on scientific development in India under a feminine veil keeping in view the women empowerment and socio-political changing scenario.

The Theme of 108th Indian Science Congress therefore has been aptly chosen as “SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY for SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT with WOMEN EMPOWERMENT”.

The forthcoming ISC has been designed to celebrate the spirit of womanhood and their remarkable contribution in the field of Science and Technology. In sync with their natural gift to generate, women have stood out as a true harbinger and have led the foundation of a number of innovative and niche developments and discoveries. The Congress aims to address all the key issues that are obstacles to the growth of Women in the fields of Science & Technology.

As per the precedence, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi would inaugurate the 108th Indian Science Congress on 3rd January 2023. Eminent scientists, industry leaders, technocrats, policy makers and academicians would grace the occasion.

Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), one of the premier educational institutions of central India, established in 1923 & hence celebrating centennial year of establishment, will be playing the role of the ‘host university’ for ISC.

A key highlight of the event is the Pride of India (PoI)-Mega Science Exhibition that has emerged as a unique platform for organisations from both public and prvicate sectors to showcase their achievements in science and technology.

Vigyan Jyot (Flame of Knowledge) remains lit at the venue of the Indian Science Congress PoI Expo for the duration of the Congress. Lakhs of students, dignitaries and general public visit Vigyan Jyot every year and take an oath to spread the awareness of science.

A dedicated pavilion called the Hall of Pride will portray the life journey of unique personalities who have created indelible mark not just in India but globally in the field of science and technology.

Established in 1914, Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) is the premier Indian Science Community organisation. For the last 107 years, ISCA has been bringing together has been bringing together the entire scientific fraternity to discuss the key issues related to various streams of science.

Thrust Areas:

Defence  Nanotechnology  Agriculture  Biodiversity  Biotechnology  Environmental Science  Bio energy  Renewable Energy  Medical Sciences  Climate change  Electronic Sector  Space Science & Technology  ICT  Transportation  Child health care  Water Management  Technologies for physically challenged  Science education for women  Skill development  Startup  Innovation

Focal Theme: “Science & Technology: Development with

CAIS will act as a knowledge platform and a way forward for sustainable coastal agriculture benefiting farmers, scientists and policy makers

The ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute (CCARI) has launched a Coastal Agricultural Information System (CAIS) developed by ICAR-CCARI. CAIS launched for the benefit of farmers, scientists and policymakers, during the ongoing 5-day international training program on “Diversification of Coastal Agroecosystems for Climate Resilience and Livelihood Security”.

The programme was organised by ICAR-CCARI in collaboration with the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF). The inaugural function was attended by eight foreign and six national participants from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Maldives and Vietnam.

ICAR Director General (natural resource management) Suresh Kumar Chaudhari stressed on the importance of diversification, climate resilience and livelihood in coastal regions as different components of the training programme.

He also said CAIS will act as a knowledge platform and a way forward for sustainable coastal agriculture benefiting farmers, scientists and policy makers. CIFOR-ICRAF Country Director, Chandrashekhar Biradar stressed that “climate change is a fact and rising sea level, and land degradation, especially in coastal regions which are adversely impacting agriculture.” Highlighting the importance of the training program, CIFOR-ICRAF Asia Director Javed Rizvi urged the participating countries to identify opportunities for mutual collaboration.

CAIS will act as a knowledge

Participating countries to deliberate upon the pivotal issues related to the development, conservation and protection of Plant Genetic Resources for the benefit of farming community

India hosts the 9th Session of Governing Body (GB9) of the ‘International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture’ (ITPGRFA) from 19-24th September 2022 in New Delhi. Secretary, Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (A&FW) said the biodiversity in food & agriculture needs to be conserved to protect the rights of the farmers. He informs that eminent scientists and resource persons will participate from many countries across the globe. Deliberations during the session will facilitate to develop the climate resilient varieties and also a roadmap for exchange of scientific information on plant genetic resources for increasing crop production and productivity, he adds. 

Kent Nnadozie, Secretary (ITPGRFA) in his remarks said that the organization of 9th session of ITPGRFA provides a common platform for all the participating countries to deliberate upon the pivotal issues related to the development, conservation and protection of Plant Genetic Resources for the benefit of farming community. 

He further said that the scientific exchange of technological advancement among the countries will help mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change and food security globally.

Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Secretary DARE & Director General (ICAR) said that the plant genetic resources available with different countries will act as base material for development of new varieties to ensure better quality and higher productivity of crops.

The GB9 will consider the options for encouraging, guiding and promoting the realization of Farmers’ Rights as set out in Article 9 of the Treaty, developed by an ad hoc Technical Expert Group on Farmers’ Rights. The GB9 is expected to deliberate on the outcome of informal consultations as well as status of Treaty’s Multilateral System (MLS) implementation to guide future steps necessary for the enhancement of the MLS, which is considered vital for agricultural research, development and global food security.

India is endowed with rich crop genetic resources and has successfully established legal, institutional and scholastic infrastructure to utilize the genetic diversity for breeding new varieties. With this unique status and as GB9 host, India is expected to play a crucial role in minimizing the dissonance between technology-rich developed and gene-rich developing countries to achieve functional resolutions on critical agenda items. The GB9 provides an excellent opportunity to convey the steadfast commitment of India to conservation and sustainable utilization of plant genetic diversity as well as farmers’ rights

Participating countries to deliberate upon the pivotal

ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal under the All India Network Programme on Organic Farming Centre, held a Mass awareness campaign on “Cow-Compost-Carbon and Climate under Theme: Organic/Natural Farming” as a commemoration of 75 years of India’s Independence.

The  aim of the Mass Awareness Campaign was to create awareness and  importance of cow and composting to enrich the soil with carbon, which links to mitigate climate change.

An interactive session with farmers was also held during the programme and more than 250 participants including farmers, scientists, students, extension workers, and other officials, participated in the virtual platform program.

ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal under

Syngenta Group, a leading provider of agricultural science and technology has announced strong financial results for the second quarter and first half of 2022. The group’s Q2 sales increased 24 per cent to $9.2 billion, up $1.8 billion year-on-year. Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortisation (EBITDA) for the same period increased 39 percent to $1.7 billion, driven by launches of innovative products and services, increased productivity and prices that offset higher costs.

The company’s H1 sales stood at $18.1 billion, up $3.7 billion, 25 percent year-on-year. EBITDA for the same period was recorded as $3.5 billion, 32 percent higher year-on-year.

Syngenta Group’s double-digit sales growth in the second quarter and the first half of 2022 was backed up by strong demand for the company’s products and services that help farmers successfully grow crops to address global food security and mitigate the effects of climate change by providing healthy, nutritious, and affordable food.

The Switzerland-based company continued to promote the transition to a regenerative food production system, playing its part by accelerating innovation to nurture and restore soil health, biodiversity, climate and water systems, while enhancing productivity and farmer economics. Further, Syngenta Group is working with other companies in the agriculture value chain, including food companies and retailers, to progress regenerative agriculture.

Syngenta Group China delivered strong growth with a total sales of $5.3 billion in H1 2022. The sales of Modern Agriculture Platform (MAP) nearly doubled to $1.8 billion, thus surpassing its sales for the year 2021. During the same period, the group’s China arm opened 48 new MAP centers, expanding the company’s capabilities to serve farmers. The average sales per center of the 540 MAP centers across China were up 38 per cent year-on-year, helping farmers increase their crop quality and yield while lowering environmental impact.

The EBITDA margin of Syngenta Group improved by 1.1 percentage points from a year earlier to 19.5 percent in H1 2022. Synergy-driven sales in the first six months more than doubled to $0.7 billion, with a profit contribution that increased to $0.3 billion.

Syngenta Group, a leading provider of agricultural

The partnership will have access to more than 40 million farmers in India and focus on transforming how farmers mitigate and adapt to climate change and other livelihood related risks

Agriculture Insurance Company of India Limited (AICIL), a nationalised insurance company under the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, has signed a three-year agreement with Wingsure, an insurtech company that leverages artificial intelligence and deep technology to protect farmers worldwide.

As part of the agreement, Wingsure will use its advanced technology capabilities to significantly strengthen the accessibility of insurance products and services to farmers in India; curate and promote AICIL’s comprehensive portfolio of agriculture insurance products and enable its channels, including groups and partner brokers, to distribute on its mobile app.

Launched to support economic empowerment with transparency and promote sustainability through modern agricultural practices, Wingsure’s application leverages advanced computer vision, augmented reality, and voice capabilities to provide intelligence and facilitate the underwriting and insurance claims processes for small holder farmers. The partnership will have access to more than 40 million farmers in India and focus on transforming how farmers mitigate and adapt to climate change and other livelihood related risks. 

Malay Poddar, Chairman and Managing Director, AICIL, said, “We firmly believe that technology implementation is key to providing insurance and thereby protecting the underserved. Through our association, we will utilise the Wingsure technology platform to support our vision of how farmers can leverage insurance to mitigate risk.”

The partnership will have access to more

The seminar registered participation by more than 500 participants

The ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad in collaboration with the Karnataka Agri-Professionals Association (KAPA) recently organised a National Seminar-cum-Webinar on ‘Climate Change Concerns: Challenges for Agriculture Sector and Food & Nutrition Security.’

Dr Jaqueline Hughes, Director General, ICRISAT, Patancheru, Telangana delivered the Keynote Address and Dr CL Laxmipathi Gowda, Former Deputy Director General, ICRISAT chaired the inauguration session.
Dr Ramesh Kalghatagi, President, KAPA outlined the functioning of the KAPA.

Dr Himanshu Pathak, Director, ICAR-National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management, Baramati, Maharashtra delivered the valedictory address on “Emerging Technologies and Innovations for Addressing Climate Change in Agriculture”.

Earlier, delivering the welcome address, Dr Vilas A. Tonapi, Director, ICAR-IIMR, Hyderabad underlined the main objective of the National Seminar-cum-Webinar.
The seminar registered participation by more than 500 participants from ICAR Institutes, ICRISAT, state agricultural universities and private sector companies from all over the country.

The seminar registered participation by more than

Announced its commitment to become net-zero by 2030 in addition to defining a target to mobilise up to 1 billion credits within the next five years

EKI Energy Services Ltd (EKIESL) announced its strategic plans in preparation for COP27. Charting a new roadmap for the financial year 2022-23 to gear up its continued focus on climate action, EKI unveiled a new brand identity and new brand positioning of ‘Steering the planet to net-zero’. The company also announced its commitment to become net-zero by 2030 in addition to defining a target to mobilise up to 1 billion credits within the next five years (by 2027).

The new identity highlights that brand EKI is gearing up to take the role of being a major contributor to climate action as it navigates the world to a greener tomorrow. The new logo reflects the vision by combining the green and blue colours of the planet with a leaf at its heart to symbolise its efforts for the restoration of nature across the globe. With its net-zero commitment, the company will take climate action in India to newer heights by enabling the country to fast-track its stride to its net-zero commitment by the year 2070.

The company’s definitive target to contribute 1 billion credits by 2027 will play a significant role to meet the world’s requirement of 58 billion credits per year to enable temperature capping, which is an urgent and critical measure to save the planet.

Manish Dabkara, CMD & CEO, EKI Energy Services said, “With a deep passion for climate change, we have driven targeted efforts in the last 6 months since COP26. As we plan for this financial year and gear up for COP27 which is about six months from now, we want to accelerate climate action to full throttle and step up our strategic efforts manifold. Our renewed commitments will enable us to take greater charge of steering the planet to net-zero even as we create history by becoming a service provider who leads by example to inspire a million others in this quest.”

Announced its commitment to become net-zero by 2030 in

The new fund will continue to invest in early-stage start-ups developing breakthrough technologies for agriculture, food, climate, and the rural economy

Omnivore, India’s leading agritech venture capital firm, announced that the launch of its third fund, with a target corpus of $130 million (Rs 1000 crore). The new fund will continue to invest in early-stage start-ups developing breakthrough technologies for agriculture, food, climate, and the rural economy. Omnivore generally invests in Seed, Pre-Series A, and Series A rounds, with follow-on capital for future growth. 

Originally founded by Jinesh Shah and Mark Kahn in 2010, Omnivore pioneered agritech investing in India, and over the past decade has backed over 35 start-ups which are making farming more profitable, resilient, sustainable, and climate-proof.  Omnivore is targeting a first close of the new fund by September 2022 and a final close by June 2023.  With this new fund, Omnivore expects to make 25 to 30 new investments over the next four years, continuing to fund entrepreneurs building the future of Indian agriculture and food systems. 

Omnivore Fund 3 will have a sharper focus on catalysing climate action in agriculture, backing start-ups addressing both climate mitigation (reducing India’s GHG emissions) and climate adaptation/resilience (securing a future for India’s farmers).  Along these lines, earlier this year, Omnivore launched the OmniX Bio initiative to provide additional support to agrifood life science startups, initially targeting the fields of agricultural biotechnology, novel farming systems, bioenergy and biomaterials, as well as innovative foods, including alternative protein.  With the new fund, Omnivore aims to deepen the reach and impact of OmniX Bio, and help reboot the agrifood life sciences ecosystem in India.

Mark Kahn, Managing Partner of Omnivore, stated, “For over a decade now, we have been a part of the evolution of the agritech ecosystem in India. Through Omnivore’s investments, we have touched the lives of almost 7 million smallholder farmers, improving their profitability and resilience, while creating value for our investors.  We believe agritech is just getting started, and we look forward to supporting a new generation of entrepreneurs building a future for rural India.”

The new fund will continue to invest

The report shares insights into sustainability transformation as the company drives action across its four strategic priorities of advancing soil health and soil carbon sequestration through smart solutions

AGCO, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery and precision ag technology, has recently released its 2021 Sustainability Report.

“In 2020, we established AGCO’s sustainability strategy and have made meaningful progress in 2021 against our goals,” said Eric Hansotia, AGCO’s Chairman, President and CEO. “These early results have confirmed that our commitment to precision agriculture innovation places us on the right path to addressing sustainability.”

The report shares insights into sustainability transformation as the company drives action across its four strategic priorities of advancing soil health and soil carbon sequestration through smart solutions; decarbonising our operations and products; elevating employee health and safety; and prioritising animal welfare in food production. It represents a significant step forward in measuring and demonstrating our progress against our goals and commitments set in 2020, including:

  • Completing a global climate risk assessment and disclosing against the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework in inaugural TCFD report.
  • 13 per cent reduction in GHG emission intensity (scope 1 and 2)
  • 52 per cent renewable electricity use, up from 40 per cent and 32 per cent renewable energy use, up from 27 per cent.

“Our 2021 Sustainability Report shows AGCO is committed to accelerating progress in sustainability into our design, manufacturing, and distribution of smart agricultural solutions across the entire value chain,” said Roger Batkin, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief ESG Officer, and Corporate Secretary.

The report shares insights into sustainability transformation

The country needs to take multitude approaches to address COP 26

While addressing a webinar on ‘Climate Change: Challenges and Response (for Scientists & Technologists)’, Dr Akhilesh Gupta, Sr Adviser Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India highlighted that, “India needs to take multitude of approaches to address COP 26 (Cooperation of Partnerships 26) announcements made recently by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

The 5-day online training programme at the Centre for Disaster Management (CDM), Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, is being supported by DST.

“Bringing economy’s carbon intensity down to 45 per cent by 2030 is achievable with some major initiatives on Electric vehicle and green Hydrogen energy. Fulfilling 50 per cent of India’s energy requirement through renewable energy by 2030 is also achievable as India already achieved 40 per cent share of renewable energy. Reducing 1 billion tonnes of carbon emissions by 2030 is challenging as India will have to cut down its carbon emissions by nearly 22 per cent. The biggest challenge for the country is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2070, which would entail scaling up of renewable energy production by several-fold.” Added Dr Akhilesh Gupta.

Dr Gupta informed that according to the Climate Change vulnerability ranking of states carried out by DST, the 8 most vulnerable states are Jharkhand, Mizoram, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, and West Bengal – all in the eastern region, and there is a direct relationship between poverty and low HDI with the vulnerability of a place.

The country needs to take multitude approaches