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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.
People reflect our changing shape
Not visited our Staff page for a while? You'll find several changes. New colleagues have joined us in Latin America, West Africa and Indonesia, our former intern has a long-term position, and we've said goodbye to some prominent retirees. Two members of staff now sit on the Board of ACRE, and several have recently acquired new duties and qualifications.  
Speaking up for smallholders
Our Foundation remains in strong demand at expert conferences. Among the many events at which we'll soon be speaking is the CIFSRF Dialogue, a key event leading up to the Africa Green Revolution Forum. We'll also be at the World Food Prize's Borlaug Dialogue and the McGill Conference on Global Food Security. Here are some of our earlier presentations.
Burgers & pawpaw: SFSA shares the limelight
One of our partners in the Qorichacra initiative is McDonald's. The restaurateurs feature the work in their latest "Global Best of Green". The World Bank, whose BioCarbon Fund we support, has made a video about Sustainable Agricultural Land Management. Here's "Plant some Pawpaw and Lift a Goat".  
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.