It is time for a New Revolution in Agriculture. Building on the initial successes of the first Green Revolution in the 1960s, what is urgently needed is a significant and sustainable increase in agricultural production worldwide.

We are facing the challenge to feed 10 billion people by 2050 while already reaching the ecological limits of our planet today. At Bayer we believe it is again time for a paradigm change in agriculture to safeguard global food security – with innovative solutions that are sustainable and minimize the environmental footprint of farming.

Liam Condon, CEO of Bayer CropScience
“What we need is a productivity increase in farming that is more sustainable and environmentally compatible. We need to take the Green Revolution of the 1960’s to the next level – we need a New Agricultural Revolution.”

Liam Condon, Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division

Emphasizing the need for a more holistic approach to drive agricultural yields and closer collaboration between different stakeholders, Bayer is driving a five-point-plan to bring about a New Revolution in Agriculture:

  1. Leading innovation
  2. Enabling farmers big and small
  3. Driving a sustainable intensification of agriculture 
  4. Enhancing human health 
  5. Extending partnerships 

With its five-point-plan, Bayer aims at taking the “Green Revolution” to the next level. The term “Green Revolution” was coined in the 1960s for a series of major investments and developments in agricultural research and technology that significantly increased agricultural production around the world. Prominent examples include new high-yielding cereal varieties and hybrid seeds, chemical crop protection, synthetic fertilizers, new and more widespread methods of irrigation as well as a modernization of management techniques. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug (1914-2009) is commonly known as the “father of the Green Revolution” for integrating the different streams of agricultural research into viable technologies which saved millions from hunger, famine and misery. While the Green Revolution resulted in significant increases in food supply, it has been criticized for neglecting environmental degradation and leading to increases in income inequality. In 2008, Bayer raised calls for a second Green Revolution on the back of the international food crisis, to highlight the urgent need to sharply increase agricultural productivity amidst trends of lowered public and private investments into the sector.

Green Revolution on Wikipedia

Five-point-plan to bring about a New Revolution in Agriculture

Enabling innovation investments

Leading innovation

In order to imbue life into a “New Revolution in Agriculture” with innovative solutions and products tomorrow, we need to ramp up investments in agricultural research today.  » more

Empowering farmers to thrive

Enabling farmers big and small

The smartest contribution we can make to reducing worldwide hunger and poverty is to help farmers, and in particular smallholder farm families to sustainably increase productivity and earn more income.  » more

Ensuring climate-smart solutions

Driving a sustainable intensification of agriculture

Helping reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture is a priority for us. Together with our customers, we are working on increasing food production while helping to protect the environment and mitigating the impact of climate change.  » more

Enhancing health through nutrition

Enhancing human health

With one-third of the world’s children not growing to their full potential due to insufficient nutrition, fortification is one important way to boost a crop’s nutrient uptake of, e.g., zinc, iron and iodine.  » more

Executing successful partnerships

Extending partnerships

Long-term success in enhancing food security and nutrition, driving growth and protecting the environment needs strong collaboration between the private and public sectors.  » more

Speech by Liam Condon

Liam Condon

Liam Condon, Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG, outlined how the Division Crop Science is implementing its 5-point-plan for a „New Revolution in Agriculture” at the World Agricultural Forum in Hyderabad, India“.  » Download pdf (175 KB)

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