There are more than 450 million smallholder farmers around the world who grow approximately 25% of global food. They economically support more than 2 billion people. However, the farm productivity is relatively low in these markets, and Syngenta is working to increase the productivity of more than 20 million smallholders by 50% by 2020. This is a key element of The Good Growth Plan.
In markets around the world, Syngenta develops and sells solutions that enable smallholder farmers to improve their productivity and profitability. Our solutions are tailored by crops and geographies. In Asia for example, our GroMoreTM program looks at rice growing through a paddy farmer's eyes. It provides growers with the right knowledge and technology in each key development phase of the crop (seedling - vegetative - reproductive - ripening). The knowledge is transferred to smallholders through farmer meetings, field days and other training platforms.
Along with better agronomy, trainings on the safe use of crop protection products, the cascading of know-how and technologies through self-help farmer organizations, and as a result of strategic partnerships, our solutions may include improved access to finance and provide better access to market.
Read more about Syngenta’s participation in public private partnerships under the World Economic Forum's New Vision for Agriculture, including the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor in Tanzania, Grow Africa, and Grow Asia (Vietnam, Indonesia). Additionally, Syngenta works together with public and private food chain partners in various smallholders initiatives in several key countries (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua; Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Vietnam; Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal).