Syngenta Foundation appoints new Executive Director

The Syngenta Foundation has appointed Dr. Simon Winter as its new Executive Director. He succeeds Dr. Marco Ferroni, who is retiring to pursue other interests after ten years at the Foundation. Simon Winter aims to build on the organization’s long tradition of successful partnerships in agricultural development. Read our communiqué.

Helping tackle a Kenyan maize scourge

Kenya's maize-growers currently face two major additional challenges. Like their counterparts in other East African countries, they are now battling with fall army worm. A slightly older scourge is Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND). The Sower magazine recently reported on our two initiatives against MLND. Here's an update.


Report highlights small farms' future(s)

Our joint conference with CABI looked at "the future of small farms". International participants discussed a wide range of topics. An illustrated report describes what they said. It's available in low resolution and high resolution. A new peer-review study echoes many of the views. Let us know what you think.     


Cash awards recognize ag research

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers two annual cash prizes. The Award is for graduates and scientists of Swiss institutions engaged in ag research for development. The best team project wins CHF 10,000, the top Master thesis CHF 1000. Entries run until July 13th. Here are the guidelinesWe're an SFIAR supporter. 

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