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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.

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Roots, tubers and inspiring improvements
Dr. Barbara Wells became Director General of the International Potato Center (CIP) in 2014. CIP not only has 45 years' experience in the vitally important crop that provided its name. It also, for example, works on sweet potato. Dr. Wells talked to us recently about the fascination of orange-fleshed varieties, the pleasures of returning to Peru, and her organization's possible future. Here is the interview in English and Español.
 
 
SFSA continues wide range of publications
Our Foundation both delivers and supports publications on numerous topics. Recent examples include a chapter on water in "The World in 2050", contributed by our Director and the Head of Research & Policy Analysis. The latter has additionally published an article on food demand and supply, with policy implications in West Africa. Our former Honduran project on Jatropha also continues to generate papers. Here is the latest, on aspects of the plant's make-up and potential uses.
Africa runs its first ‘demand-led’ workshop
Demand-driven’ approaches to R&D can greatly increase smallholders' adoption of new varieties. African organizations, our Foundation and Australian partners are helping scientists connect breeding to farmers’ needs. A recent workshop in Kenya led the way.
Helping smallholders enjoy the soy boom
Worldwide, demand for soybean continues to surge. So far, African smallholders couldn't benefit. Their yields are very low. One reason is poor access to improved varieties. Our Seeds2B initiative includes partnering with the Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL) to help change this. See what SIL says about our recent joint Field Day in Kenya, and read the media release about the soybean trials program.