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Talking of extension...
Agricultural extension takes many forms. Radio is an important channel. Our new project in Kenya improves farming information via radio in local languages. Partnering with KiMI, we aim to raise productivity in regions so far lacking such programs. Initial results point to positive impact. A Foundation essay shows why radio and minority languages are so valuable in extension. We've also looked at other aspects of the topic, e.g. in India and across Asia, and co-written a book of global lessons from private extension.
 
 
What climate change means for smallholders
A new Basel University Master's thesis looks at "Smallholder Farming Systems in Kenya: Climate Change Perception, Adaptation and Determinants". The Foundation's Yuan Zhou co-supervised the thesis; several members of our Kenya team also helped the author. "The topic is highly relevant for us", notes Yuan. "This is the first such thesis we've supported, and the collaboration was great."
Foundation Board welcomes new member
Mohamed Ait Kadi has joined the Syngenta Foundation's Board. President of Morocco's General Council of Agricultural Development, Dr. Ait Kadi plays a key role in his country's farming reforms. He also has wide international experience. Andrew Bennett and Eugene Terry, long-standing Board members, retired at its January 2016 meeting.
Vegetable rhymes with profitable - if you get it right
Selling vegetables into lucrative markets requires growers to meet high standards. Our Foundation is helping Latin American smallholders succeed. We started in 2010 in Peru and 2014 in Puerto Rico. Recently we ran a G.A.P. workshop in Brazil. As you'll see from our Archive, we've already worked there in the past.