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Syngenta Foundation programmes impact people on the ground, in all areas from high-tech seeds to markets.

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Talking of extension...
Agricultural extension takes many forms. Radio is an important channel. Our new project in Kenya improves farming information via radio in local languages. Partnering with KiMI, we aim to raise productivity in regions so far lacking such programs. Initial results point to positive impact. A Foundation essay shows why radio and minority languages are so valuable in extension. We've also looked at other aspects of the topic, e.g. in India and across Asia, and co-written a book of global lessons from private extension.
 
 
Helping Africans enjoy the soy boom
Worldwide, demand for soybean continues to surge. So far, African smallholders couldn't benefit. Their yields are only 20% of those in other tropical regions. One reason is poor access to improved varieties. Our Seeds2B initiative includes partnering with the Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL) to help change this. Here's what SIL says about our recent joint Field Day in Kenya.
SFSA seals rice seed partnership
Our Foundation (SFSA) recently signed an agreement with AfricaRice to develop sustainable seed production. Representing SFSA were Director Marco Ferroni, Ian Barker and Oumar Niangado (see our Team page). With them was former SFSA Board member Eugene Terry. AfricaRice Director-General Harold Roy-Macauley was accompanied by several colleagues. Here's more on our work in rice and seeds.
What climate change means for smallholders
A new Basel University Master's thesis looks at "Smallholder Farming Systems in Kenya: Climate Change Perception, Adaptation and Determinants". The Foundation's Yuan Zhou co-supervised the thesis; several members of our Kenya team also helped the author. "The topic is highly relevant for us", notes Yuan. "This is the first such thesis we've supported, and the collaboration was great."