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Improving the livelihood of smallholder farmers

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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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What did the Foundation achieve in 2012-13? How do we work, and what are our key topics? Find out in our new Review. And please tell us what you’d like next time – thank you for completing our short survey.
Annual Report 2012-2013
Seen AgPartnerXChange yet?
Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are vital for the development of agriculture. But we all still have a lot to learn about them. That's why the Syngenta Foundation and GATD set up AgPartnerXChange. This innovative platform aims to improve capacity for PPPs that engage smallholders, worldwide. Come and see for yourself.
Families who harvest success
2014 is the Year of Family Farming (IYFF). Smallholder households are at the heart of our work. Here is a new Kenyan portrait in our special IYFF series, and an Ethiopian example from a partner organization. Earlier ones looked at India, and at female and male farmers in Bangladesh. Here's why we believe the IYFF is important; tell us what you think.
Scientists discuss R&D for Ethiopian farms
Zerihun Tadele, leader of our Tef project, is among the speakers at an October 24th meeting in Addis Ababa. The overall subject is "R4D in Ethiopian Agriculture". Our Foundation is supporting the event. If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr. Tadele directly.  
Bangladesh takes a new potato turn
Syngenta Foundation Bangladesh (SFB) runs potato-for-export contract farming with Global Agro Resources Inc.. This is now complemented by a potato-for-chips program with Quasem Food Products Ltd.  Both offer good income prospects for smallholders. Here is SFB's communiqué about the  Memorandum of Understanding.
MARS helps solve a sorghum challenge
The Sorghum Research Initiative is part of the CGIAR's Generation Challenge Programme (GCP). The Sorghum team has published this blogpost. Work includes marker-assisted recurrent selection (MARS), funded by the Syngenta Foundation. Our website features advice from MARS expert Jean-François Rami on running private-public partnerships.
Bioscience eastern and central Africa (Beca)
Syngenta Foundation supports the BecA Hub, a bioscience platform based in Kenya having state of the art laboratory and research facilities. Its mission is to host African research projectsto achieve food security for resource poor farmers in Africa by improving African orphan crops and livestock with the help of innovative modern bioscience technologies.
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Smallholder Project in Mali
PRECAD project was developed to support farmers become more professional and generate higher yields and income. Read more
Understanding smallholders
Smallholders dominate the agricultural landscape in the developing world. Many of them remain poor and susceptible to hunger. Worldwide, there are about 450 million smallholder farms of two hectares or less, supporting over 2 billion people.  Read more
Food security
Three key components of food security are food availability, food access and food utilization.