The ECCAg - Environment and Climate Compatible Agriculture - project is a partnership headed by Yara and Syngenta, which tests ambitious aims for sustainable agriculture - in practice.
The World Economic Forum's New Vision for Agriculture initiative is led by over 30 global companies, with Syngenta and Yara being core, founding members. The initiative aims to address the major challenges of food and agricultural sustainability, reduce greenhouse gas emissions per ton of produce and decrease rural poverty.
Modernizing inputs and knowledge to improve farm practices is a sustainable route to agricultural intensification in African smallholder farming, and preventing land use change has environmental benefits which include preserving biodiversity.
This video shows the effects of the ECCAg project, which began in December 2010. Syngenta and Yara, working closely with the Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania) and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, investigated the interaction of agriculture with the environment.
Improving life quality
Testing smallholder maize and rice farms in Tanzania, the project examined whether intensification of agriculture through improved agronomic protocols could be compatible with environmental sustainability - while improving productivity and profitability at farm level. Field trials from 2011-14 suggest that the New Vision ambitions can be achieved.
Yara’s Sub-Saharan Africa Agronomist Dirk Schröder, Yara R&D Senior Scientist Frank Brentrup, and Yara Tanzania Senior Agronomist Kefa Maranga Makori explain the aims and outcomes of the project, while local farmer Frederick Kaduma tells about the impact it has had on him and his business.
The bottom line for farmers, is how their livelihood is affected. As Frederick Kaduma says in the film: "The biggest benefit I got from this program is increased income. Our children can now have better education and our living standard is better."
Feeding Tanzania's future population