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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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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.
Features
When seedlings change lives
2014 is the International Year of Family Farming. Our series of smallholder portraits continues with an Indian family. We also have examples from Bangladesh - one featuring a male, the other a female farmer. This is how we introduced the series. Watch out here for further portraits, for example from Africa. And let us know what you think about smallholder farming.
 
 
Student gets in the picture on Mali
Our Foundation has a long tradition in Mali; we're now increasingly working across West Africa. A key partner there is MSU, experts on regional integration. An MSU student has been examining how Malian farmers link up with cereals processors. Here's his photo blog.   
Puerto Rico: alianza con agricultores y McDonald's
El Departamento de Agricultura de Puerto Rico ha dado inicio a los seminarios que potencian el cultivo de lechuga iceberg. La Secretaria fomenta un modelo de cooperación y desarrollo entre Arcos Dorados y pequeños agricultores, con el apoyo de la Fundación (como "Qorichacra" en Perú). Mas...
News on three big Ws
Water, Wheat and Weather play crucial roles in farming. Desalination & clean energy can alleviate water scarcity. Authors and the World Food Prize rightly emphasize the huge importance of wheat  - and our Foundation is partnering to increase yields. We've also created a company to continue our weather insurance work in Kenya: meet ACRE.
Projects
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
       
Topics
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.