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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 matchmaking offers hope in MLN battle
Maize Lethal Necrosis is destroying harvests across East Africa. However, help is now at hand. In Kenya, a new test provides fast, reliable diagnosis. Our Foundation linked up an innovative small Swiss firm with suitable partners in Nairobi. Together, they're making the test available to CIMMYT and local authorities who check maize health. Here's what a Swiss newspaper wrote in German, and some background in English.
Foundation addresses conferences and TV
SFSA employees will be speaking at the African Potato Association's conference and the Borlaug Dialogue ("our" event is here). A third staff member will be at the EVPA conference discussing venture philanthropy and social investment in Africa. Our Country Director Bangladesh was recently 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.