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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.
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. Scroll down our 'demand-led' page and see what some of the educators have to say. (More portraits follow soon).
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 second video, kindly produced 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.
Experts link up to improve South Asia’s potatoes
The International Potato Center (CIP), Dutch potato company HZPC and our Foundation are starting a new partnership. Our joint aim is to develop better potatoes for smallholders in tropical and subtropical areas of Asia. Here is what we told the media in English en hier is de nederlandse persbericht. Learn more about CIP in our recent interview in English y Español