About us

The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) works with smallholders in developing countries. It helps them raise their yields and tap into markets – for better income and food security. SFSA concentrates on Risk Management, Agriservices, and Access to Seed in Africa and Asia. It also supports R&D and policy work for smallholders and engages in debate worldwide. SFSA partners with organizations across the public and private sectors.

The Foundation works with partners in developing countries and emerging markets. Our aim is to help small farmers become more professional growers. We do this by extending science-based know-how, facilitating access to quality inputs, and linking smallholders to markets in profitable ways. This adds value for rural communities, and sustainably improves food security. 
Smallholders produce part of their own food needs and a surplus that helps feed their countries and supply international markets.

With the right kinds of agricultural technologies and supporting services such as extension, credit, and microinsurance, smallholders could increase their production significantly and sustainably. In the process, they would improve their own food security and that of their communities and countries. ‘Inclusive’ agricultural growth would be promoted, the fundamental basis for equitable economic development.

The Syngenta Foundation focuses on productivity and the inclusion of farmers in remunerative value chains. The focus is on ‘pre-commercial’ farmers, often in semi-arid areas, who display potential for agricultural growth. The Foundation runs initiatives in Africa and Asia and contributes to the agricultural policy debate worldwide. It works with a wide range of partners operationally and in thought leadership. The Foundation engages, for example, the public sector, international organizations, think tanks, the private sector, other foundations, social entrepreneurs, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). As well as establishing pilot projects, the Foundation also puts major emphasis on successful scale-up.
The Foundation invests in sustainable improvements in farm yields and helps small farmers earn income from their produce. The productivity of primary production factors such as labor, land, and water is a major concern, as is total factor productivity.

Investments in plant science and product delivery systems - such as strengthened national seed industries - underpin the productivity goal. So do credit systems, index insurance, and market links for grains, pulses, and high-value products and crops.

We complement our agricultural extension projects with a portfolio of partnerships in advanced crop science. The Foundation additionally works to create ‘enabling conditions in the form of improved regulatory frameworks, stewardship capacity, financial, and risk transfer tools, biodiversity conservation, and land improvement. It also conducts policy studies and outreach in a growing range of domains.


We’ve been working for 40 years and keep getting better. And some of the improvements are huge. Despite Covid19, our programs supported more than 1.3 million smallholders in 2021. That was 53% more than in 2020. Some 239,000 farmers accessed SFSA-supported insurance products, an increase of 81%. And we did that at a modest cost per farmer. Taking our entire partnership resources mobilized of $36.2million, this equated to less than $28 per farmer supported.

Simon winter
Executive Director Syngenta foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
Simon Winter
Bangladesh Woman

Our Vision

Our Vision is a bright future for smallholder farming.


Our Mission

To strengthen smallholder farming and food systems, we catalyze market development and delivery of innovations, while building capacity across the public and private sectors

Our Strategy

The Syngenta Foundation (SFSA) ran its last major Strategic Review more than a decade ago. Since then, SFSA has grown and diversified considerably.

The annual Syngenta investment, external co-funding, and the number of partners, projects, and employees have all markedly increased. So have the spread of crops and topics on which we work and the choice of countries in which we do so. In this way, we have greatly increased our impact on smallholder farming systems.

To achieve them, we need to stay focused on our strengths and priorities. In parallel, our operating environment also continues to alter. The changes offer some opportunities for smallholder farmers. But they also include major global challenges which we must address. Climate change heads the list.


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Our Values

We developed a set of values reflecting who we are and what we believe

PASSION – Driving to achieve our vision and create a sustainable impact is at the heart of all we do. INNOVATION – We invest in and enable innovations for long-term impact, that help smallholders prosper and thrive in a sustainable and resilient way. Agility and an entrepreneurial mindset are crucial here.
INTEGRITY – Ethics, safety, and compliance are core to the way we operate. As our Statutes demand, we work outside the commercial arena of Syngenta; remaining independent in our views and decisions.

RESPECT AND GROWTH FOR ALL – We embrace a diverse and inclusive culture in our teams and programs that encourage opportunities for all, notably women, and respect diverse opinions and abilities.
COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT – Our work in partnership and programs is based on trust and transparency.
RELIABILITY – We earn trust by delivering on our commitments and creating value for our beneficiaries.


Food/Agriculture influences all 17 of the SDGs. 

Our main target is SDG 2: Zero Hunger, although we also pay special attention to SDG 1, SDG 5

Our main focus on these two goals will enable us to contribute to many other SDGs.