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Improving the livelihood of smallholder farmers

Field stories

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

Sound advice sounds best in your own language
Reaching remote areas is a challenge for agricultural extension officers. Radio overcomes bad roads. But extension often asks farmers to change their habits. That's best done in a language of the heart - in which smallholders talk about their farms. We're helping vernacular radio in Kenya to build extension programming. Our partners describe progress in Samburu and West Pokot. And we explain why radio and language choice are so important for agricultural extension.  
SFSA addresses conferences and TV
Lots of conferences run at this time of year, as our Presentations show. We'll be speaking soon at e.g. the African Potato Association's conference and the Borlaug Dialogue ("our" event is here). Meanwhile, our Country Director Bangladesh has been on local TV. His subject: farm mechanization and value chain integration for agricultural development. If you're planning a talk yourself, here are our Top Ten Tips.
Beans mean people
We're helping African smallholders gain access to good tropical soybean. Work like this is always about people. A newsletter from partners SIL include a portrait of one of our Basel staff. An interview with one of our Kenyan experts provides background (in Swahili, too!). And here are more people at the Foundation.    
Wheat partners weave a new website
Wheat is the world's most important staple. To meet future demand, yields must increase much faster. The International Wheat Yield Partnership is tackling this challenge. We're a founding member. Visit the IWYP's new website.