Syngenta Leadership Academy 2021

Leadership Academy

Syngenta believes that the future of agriculture should be shaped rather than left to chance. Therefore, in partnership with the University of the Free State’s Business School, we have developed a tailored programme and successfully implemented it from 2013 for young commercial growers to equip them to address the challenges of tomorrow.

This initiative is supported by Grain South Africa. In the words of Jannie de Villiers, CEO Grain SA: “The establishment of a Grain Academy is in line with Grain South Africa’s strategic objectives and we’re excited to partner with Syngenta on delivering on this project. The future of sustainable production lies in our competitiveness and it can only be improved with ongoing training.”



Purpose: Leadership capacity development in agriculture.

Dream: The catalyst for AGRICULTURE to be the unifying force and leader of economic growth in South Africa.

Values: Challenge | Conversation | Change | Courage


Extension of the Grain Academy that started in 2012 focused mainly on the Grain sector.

Brainchild of Jannie de Villiers of Grain SA (founding partner).

Sponsored for seven years by Syngenta (founding partner) under the strategic leadership of Antonie Delport.

The “Leadership in the Connection Economy” programme presented with great acclaim.

"This was an experience I did not expect and I feel very privileged to have had this opportunity to acquire these leadership skills and learning with the parties involved." - Jean-Pieter Corver, Harrismith, FS.

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