A foundation established by the Swiss chemical company and producer of seeds and pesticides Syngenta, to promote rural development through innovative agricultural practices.
To improve rural food security; to promote innovation in agriculture and the activation of value chains for the inclusion of smallholder farmers.
Africa; Asia; and Latin America, with a focus on semi-arid areas. Countries that are currently included in projects are: Bangladesh; Brazil; Ethiopia; Honduras; India; Indonesia; Kenya; Mali; Peru; and Vietnam. Africa is also being targeted as a region.
The foundation focuses on the inclusion of farmers in productive value chains, in order to increase agricultural production in a sustainable way. Eligible partners for financial support include the public and private sector; international organizations; foundations; NGOs; think tanks; and social entrepreneurs.
Focus areas eligible for funding include: smallholders and value chains; public-private partnerships; food security; rural development; agricultural research; and resource use and sustainability. The foundation supports three activity areas:
- Knowledge, activities that provide direct support "on the field", such as agricultural technologies and expertise transfer;
- Tools, for technology transfer and the implementation of public-private partnerships; and
- Opportunities, for policy building and the creation of enabling environments.
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