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More Food, Less Waste

Our commitment:

  • Increase the average productivity of the world’s major crops by 20 percent without using more land, water or inputs

The world needs to grow more food in the next 50 years than it has produced in the past 10,000 while using resources far more efficiently. We work together with growers who use our products every day, and focus particular effort on smallholders, who have the greatest potential to increase productivity and in turn improve their own livelihoods.

The map below shows the countries and crops where we’re monitoring crop yields and input efficiency on over 4,000 reference and benchmark farms. These are real farms producing crops under real-world conditions. 700 of them are smallholders, farming on just a few hectares. In our data, to make comparisons easier, all farms are grouped into “clusters” with similar agro-ecological conditions and farm profiles. You can select a single territory on the map to see its progress.

Available Data: Productivity 2017

How to understand the graph

  • The map shows the countries and crops for which we monitor productivity and efficiency as part of The Good Growth Plan commitments.
  • The crop sidebar shows the number of farms participating in The Good Growth Plan farm network for annual monitoring in the last reporting season.
  • Clicking on maize, you can for example discover the countries where Syngenta monitors productivity and input efficiency of maize production. Clicking on “search in 20 categories” allows to search for additional crops in our network next to the ones already displayed. For example, you can search for cocoa and sunflower.
  • Clicking on an individual country shows the list of crops and number of farms participating in The Good Growth Plan farm network in that country. For example, by clicking on Brazil, you can see that soybean, coffee and maize is being monitored for productivity and efficiency.

Using data from the Food and Agriculture Organization, the table below lists the world’s major crops ranked by global area harvested in 2014. Wheat is the leading source of vegetable protein for humans worldwide. Rice is the source of more than 20% of all calories consumed by humans. Corn is a staple food for the majority of sub-Saharan Africa, and is a great source of carbohydrates, protein, iron, vitamin B and minerals.

The Syngenta farm network covers 18 out of 24, of these major crops, plus additional ones like corn silage or grain seed.

Table 1: The world’s major crops by global area harvested in 2014


Million hectares harvested (m ha)

The Good Growth Plan Farm Network





Rice, paddy











Seed cotton





Beans, dry



Sugar cane





Sunflower seed







Coffee, green


Cocoa, beans










Sugar beet


Cauliflowers & broccoli


Fruit, stone



How to understand the table

  • The table shows the world’s major crops ranked by area harvested in 2014 covered by The Good Growth Plan farm network.
  • The first column shows the world’s major crops ranked from biggest to smallest area harvested in hectares in 2014. The figures are obtained from official statistics published by the Food and Agriculture Organization, available for download at
  • Based on hectares harvested, wheat, maize, rice, soybean and barley are the world’s top 5 most important crops. For example, maize is grown on a total 184.8 million hectares all around the world. This represents about the same area as 171 million soccer fields.
  • The second column shows which of the world’s major crops are covered by The Good Growth Plan farm network to monitor crop productivity and input efficiency. You can see that we are monitoring the 5 largest crops, but currently have no farms for Sorghum, Millet or Cassava, which are very important food crops.

In the charts below, select individual years to compare yield results of three major crops by country. For the year 2014, we also show the FAO official average crop yield (source: In some cases, reference growers are producing higher yield than the national average. They tend to be more progressive growers. In other cases, growers produce less than the national average. They often benefit the most from farm productivity improvements through improved access to innovation and markets.

Average Global GGP Yield vs Average Global FAO Yield between 2014-2017

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How to understand the graph

  • The graph show the crop productivity of maize, soybean, rice and wheat. Crop productivity is typically measured in ton of output produced per hectare of farmland.
  • The lines are colored by crop.
  • Lines labeled ‘FAO’ represent the global averages of crop yields published by the Food and Agriculture Organizations, available at country level at N.B. Data is not currently available for 2017.
  • Lines not labeled ‘FAO’ represent the global average of crop yields published in The Good Growth Plan open data release.
  • By comparing FAO yields with Good Growth Plan yields between 2014 and 2017, you can find that on average The Good Growth Plan farms have higher yields than the national average.


Year on year comparisons are often difficult to make: varying weather conditions, differences in pest and disease pressure lead to variable results. It usually takes a few years to see whether upward trends in profitability are robust.

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