Tef crop improvement
Since 2006, the Syngenta Foundation is partnering with the University of Bern and the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research (EIAR) to develop and deliver improved varieties to smallholder farming communities in Ethiopia. In addition, we develop protocols and practices to produce more uniform, larger planting material that will facilitate the crop’s early agronomy.
The Syngenta Foundation and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) have developed a seed stake processing and treatment system that enables farmers to use significantly shorter planting pieces. Each piece is coated with a variety of protectants and stimulants. This treatment improves shelf-life, plant vigour and yield potential compared with traditional, larger planting pieces.
Soybean, like other legume crops, can offer a good rotation opportunity for Africa’s smallholder farmers. Growing conditions are favourable in many parts of the continent. Soybean copes well with a range of abiotic and biotic stresses and requires only limited inputs. It makes an excellent rotation crop for cereals, fixing atmospheric nitrogen to fertilize what are often worn-out soils.