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Syngenta offers African growers integrated technological solutions.

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17.07.2012

 Syngenta offers African growers integrated technological solutions 


Syngenta is one of the world’s leading companies, with an enormous breadth of agriculture technologies in crop protection, seeds, and seed care. We are uniquely placed in our industry to offer the grower integrated offers now as well as truly innovative and transformative technologies in the future.

 

We strongly believe that Africa has the resources not only to feed its growing population, but also to become a major world food exporter, thereby driving its economic development and creating significant opportunities for investment.

 

Investing in growth

Africa has become one of our strategic growth regions and our aspiration is to contribute to the transformation of agriculture on this continent. We will deploy our leading portfolio as part of a system-wide approach linking people, land and technology, with the aim of increasing productivity sustainably and thereby reducing poverty.

 

In support of this undertaking, Syngenta will make cumulative investments of over $500 million. These include the recruitment of new employees many of whom will be field advisors trained in agronomy. In addition, the development of distribution channel networks, logistics and local production facilities, in collaboration with local partners, will increase access to technology for both smallholders and large-scale farmers.

 

This engagement has been catalyzed by the encouraging steps taken by a number of African governments to stimulate investment, and we intend to play a leading role in public-private collaborations which will be essential to making a planned transformation actually happen on the ground.

 

Building on our strong presence

We already have a strong presence in South Africa with commercial, production, and R&D facilities, which enable us to make a substantive contribution to the development of sustainable agriculture in this country.

 

It also gives us an excellent platform to build on as we implement our strategy and focus new investments on countries like Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

 

Over the next 10 years, we will bring knowledge, tools, technology, and services that farmers need whatever the size of their field or type of cropping system.

 

By 2022, we want to have reached over 5 million farmers and to have enabled productivity gains of 50 percent or more, while preserving the long term potential of the land.

 

This will help Africa attain food security within a generation. That it also represents a major investment opportunity is to the benefit of business and humanity alike.

 

Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 26,000 employees in some 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life.

 

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