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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.

“Soybeans? Smallholders could meet much more of the demand”
Soybean demand in Africa is high, but imports dominate. To compete, local smallholders need better seeds. James Wathiru is helping them gain access. We asked our Kenyan team member about the crop’s special features, and how improved soybean gets to growers. Here is the interview in English and Swahili.
Alice branches out with Grevillea
Worldwide, we help smallholders to open up new income opportunities. In Kenya, our partners include One Acre Fund. Together, we're enabling farmers to earn money from Grevillea trees. See what smallholder Alice Nasambu has to say.
African educators talk best practice
We're working with educators across Africa to strengthen demand-led breeding. They've identifed best practices in the public and private sectors, and built a state-of-the-art education module. Its aim is to train the next generation of African breeders to serve both farmers and their markets. Our first batch of interviews is now complete. So scroll down to see what these educators have to say.
New films, new review
Our new film shows how an international team is improving tef, the "orphan" national cereal of Ethiopia. We've supported this work from the start. A video by Kenyan partners features how smallholders and others find out about improved soybean varieties (see also our interview opposite). And here is our new Review. If you would like a printed copy, just let us know.