Feeding a Growing Population

At Corteva, we are focused on creating a sustainable future through our plant-breeding research and innovations.  Our actions and investments are put through the lens of bringing long-term value and opportunity to the farmers and ranchers we serve while delivering wholesome and nutritious food to a growing world.

From the Corn Belt of the United States to the Pampas of Argentina to the production fields in Europe to the Punjab region of Pakistan and India, we talk to thousands of farmers and consumers every day.

They tell a consistent story.  Farmers care about feeding people, while protecting the land for the next generation, and are concerned about economics and profitability. They are worried about bearing the brunt of costs associated with new processes, routines and regulations. They are concerned about their children’s future and, indeed, the future of their family farms. They want better and simpler solutions.  And they understand consumer expectations about food and agriculture are changing, but worry they may lack the resources to stay ahead of these changes.

Consumers tell us a similar story.  They see the benefits of technology in creating greater food security and quality.  They want greater transparency into where their food was grown, how it was grown, by whom and the manner in which it was distributed.

We’re using these and other insights to guide our thinking about every aspect of our business.  They’re influencing our innovation pipeline priorities and shaping our focus on delivering solutions that help farmers and farming communities become more productive, profitable and secure. 

We also know that there are no better stewards of the land than farmers.  They have the strongest desire to preserve the land and pass it on to the next generation. Today, sustainability and agriculture are as inextricably linked as sunshine and plant growth.

In June 2020, we announced our Enriching Lives Together Sustainability Strategy — a sweeping set of 14 specific goals, all of which were inspired by our conversations with farmers, consumers and business associates around the world. 

4 boxes featuring sustainability goals
4 boxes featuring sustainability goals

We’ve set our sights high on what we hope to achieve over the next 10 years, including working with farmers to increase crop yields while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Additionally, we’ve set goals to enhance soil health, improve biodiversity and work with local communities to empower more women farmers with training, access to technology and mentoring.

Clearly, we’re just getting started. But we’re very encouraged what we can accomplish for our farmers and communities with everyone in the conversation.  All of us … working together to build on this extraordinary industry and the way of life known as agriculture.

We know that our purpose of enriching the lives of those who produce and those who consume -- ensuring progress for generations to come -- can’t be achieved in a vacuum or by just one company, organization or individual acting alone.  Instead, it’s going to take all of us working together to create a better future.

In that spirit, we invite you to visit our Open Innovation portal at openinnovation.corteva.com to gain more insight into our collaborative, outside-in innovation philosophy and areas of focus. 

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest in our approach to plant-breeding and other agriculture innovations.

man and woman in crop field
Working hard in field trials to ensure continuous product performance, now with drones lending a helping hand.
man and woman in crop field
Working hard in field trials to ensure continuous product performance, now with drones lending a helping hand.