DIGGING DEEPER

From melting glaciers to dry fields, climate change poses intense threats to food production.

What are the solutions?

For a ski champion Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, mountains are a second home. . It’s no surprise that the melting mountain glaciers caused by rising temperatures have set his alarm bells ringing.

Since becoming our Syngenta Group Ambassador in December 2020, Aleksander has gained knowledge about the agricultural industry and the challenges it is facing to safely feed the world’s growing populations.
He has even experienced producing his own food with the My Garden project.
But with the increasing concern of climate change on his mind, Aleksander has many more questions…

How is climate change impacting the food we eat? How can we produce 50% more food while hitting the world’s climate ambitions? How can innovation in agriculture be part of the solution? And what does regenerative agriculture actually mean?

Through the Digging Deeper series, Aleksander wants to hear the answers directly from the experts and to use his position to raise awareness about global food security. 

Episode 1 – tackling climate change

A dialogue that matters with Daniel Vennard

In this first episode, Aleksander reaches out to Syngenta Group’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Daniel Vennard. They meet on what’s left of the Vorab Glacier in the Glarus Alps in Switzerland. After learning more about who Daniel is and why sustainability matters to him, Aleksander digs deeper into some of agriculture’s biggest challenges.

How is the industry and Syngenta Group tackling climate change and food security? Which practices can enhance food productivity?

"The key lever for change is producing more food from the same land. And the only way we are going to do that is by helping farmers become more productive"
Daniel Vennard,
Chief Sustainability Officer at Syngenta Group

Check out the full conversation below.

Episode 2 – Driving innovation

A dialogue that matters with Daniel Vennard

The discussion continues against the dramatic backdrop of the Vorab Glacier in Switzerland; a stark reminder of the drastic consequences of recent weather extremes. Aleksander digs one level deeper into how innovation in agriculture can be part of the solution to creating a greener, healthier and safer planet.

How can technology help farmers be more sustainable? How can new breeds of vegetables support in reducing food waste, and what role does data play?

"Our goal in the coming years is to figure out how can we improve our impact on nature, but also at the same time become even more of a solution to climate change and food security."
Daniel Vennard,
Chief Sustainability Officer at Syngenta Group

Check out the full conversation below.

Episode 3 – Shaping the future of food

A dialogue that matters with Christine Gould

In this episode, Aleksander meets CEO of non-profit organization Thought For Food, Christine Gould. They dig deeper into what is needed to accelerate the efforts to feed the world’s growing population sustainably and the great potential of the next generation of people and technologies.

What mindset shift must occur to find the right solutions? What role does the next generation play in taking these innovations forward? What are the benefits of technologies such as gene-edited seeds? 

 ‘We have the largest youth population alive of all time. They’re able to combine technologies and sustainable practices to do things that have never before been possible. And when you add in their digital savviness and prowess of using the most cutting-edge technologies, you see that they are changing the game and making regenerative agriculture all about the future.’
Christine Gould,
Founder and CEO of Thought For Food

Check out the full conversation below.

Q&A with Daniel Vennard

"Sustainable agriculture requires transformative change"

Meet our Syngenta Group Ambassador

Inspired by the passion and dedication of farmers, the two-time Olympic medalist Aleksander Aamodt Kilde shares our commitment to create a greener, healthier and safer planet.

My garden grand finale

Take a glimpse into Aleksander’s cosy, home-grown dinner