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Syngenta Foundation programmes impact people on the ground, in all areas from high-tech seeds to markets.

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What did the Foundation achieve in 2012-13? How do we work, and what are our key topics? Find out in our Review. And please tell us what you’d like next time: here’s our short survey.
AgPartnerXChange
Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are vital for the development of agriculture. But we all still have a lot to learn about them. That's why the Syngenta Foundation helped set up AgPartnerXChange. This innovative platform aims to improve capacity for PPPs that engage smallholders, worldwide. Come and see for yourself.
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Singing for a healthier supper?
There are various ways to improve people's diets. One is biofortification - growing crops that contain more nutrients.  We've partnered with HarvestPlus to help. Some experts call this "nutrition-smart farming". A recent study shows the value of orange maize, rich in Vitamin A. And top Rwandan musicians have been singing the praises of iron-enriched beans! What do you think about biofortification?  
 
 
Foundation Board elects new member
At its December meeting, our Board voted in John Atkin at its next new member. John officially joins our trustees on January 1st 2015. He is currently Chief Operating Officer at Syngenta, but is retiring from this post at the turn of the year. Here's more about John.
Actually, every day is soil day...
The FAO celebrates December 5th as World Soil Day. Soil quality is a major topic for our Foundation: it's vitally important for sustainable intensification. We've been supporting smallholder projects in the Global TraPs initiative. We're helping to improve soils in Namibia. And we're a member of the World Bank's BioCarbon fund. See how Kenyan smallholders benefit from carbon credits for good farming techniques.
Educators develop tools for Africa's breeders
African educators are developing new training material for the continent's future plant breeders. Their aim is to increase “demand-led plant variety design”. Our Foundation was closely involved in the recent meeting, as part of the new Alliance for Agricultural R&D for Food Security. Here's the media release.