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Improving the livelihood of smallholder farmers

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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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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 helped set up AgPartnerXChange. This innovative platform aims to improve capacity for PPPs that engage smallholders, worldwide. Come and see for yourself.
Singing for a healthier supper?
There are various ways to improve people's diets. One is biofortification - growing crops that contain more nutrients.  We've partnered with HarvestPlus to help. Some experts call this "nutrition-smart farming". A recent study shows the value of orange maize, rich in Vitamin A. And top Rwandan musicians have been singing the praises of iron-enriched beans! What do you think about biofortification?  
SFSA trustee is an agricultural role model
The Modernizing African Food System Consortium (MAFS) helps strengthen agricultural training and capacity. It also examines what "enables top performers to excel in agricultural and food system careers". MAFS' most recent Agricultural Role Model is Eugene Terry, a member of our Foundation's Board.
Educators develop tools for Africa's breeders
African educators are developing new training material for the continent's future plant breeders. Their aim is to increase “demand-led plant variety design”. Our Foundation was closely involved in the recent meeting, as part of the new Alliance for Agricultural R&D for Food Security. Here's the media release.  
SFSA is recruiting the Farmforce CEO
Developed by our Foundation, Farmforce is the leading software for organizations keen to buy from smallholders. To head the spin-out, we are seeking an accomplished entrepreneur as CEO.