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Partnership between EWS-KT and SFSA: Working Together for Smallholder Farmers

Posted On: January 17, 2024
EWS-KT and SFSA leaders and other visitors stand with a farmer in his field in Uganda.
EWS-KT and SFSA leaders tour an EWS-KT farmer’s field in Uganda in 2023.

In October 2023, East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation (EWS-KT) and Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) embarked on a dynamic 5-year collaborative partnership aimed at uplifting smallholder farming communities in Africa and Asia. As two nonprofit foundations with parent companies in the agriculture sector, we see this as a natural pairing. EWS-KT and SFSA share a common vision: empowering smallholder farmers and fostering sustainable agricultural practices.

“This collaboration offers a unique opportunity to enhance sustainable agriculture and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia through complementary nonprofit activities,” said SFSA Executive Director Simon Winter. SFSA specializes in market connectivity and finance accessibility for smallholder farmers, while EWS-KT brings deep experience in training farmers in sustainable and profitable agronomic techniques and farm business skills.

Together, EWS-KT and SFSA are committed to cultivating these synergies to advance sustainable agriculture and strengthen the capabilities and livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Building on past collaborations, our foundations recognize several potential areas for collaboration. In particular, SFSA and EWS-KT are eager to collaborate on initiatives such as capacity building, financial education, project design, and improving farmers’ access to markets. Each of these areas contributes to creating sustainable solutions for the challenges faced by smallholder farmers.

“The memorandum of understanding between EWS-KT and SFSA will make it possible to advance joint initiatives that further strengthen smallholder farmers and the agricultural sector of which they are a part,” said EWS-KT Director Stuart Morris. “Working together on these projects will usher in new business opportunities for sustainable vegetable farming in Africa and Asia.”

This partnership is a step toward building stronger, more resilient farming communities. We look forward to the innovative collaborations and impactful projects that lie ahead in support of smallholder farmers.

About SFSA

Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create value for resource-poor smallholder farmers in developing countries by supporting innovation in sustainable agriculture and activation of remunerative value chains and markets. To achieve its targets, SFSA looks to partner with reputable public, private, and social-purpose organizations within a multisector partnership framework to engage a wide demographic of smallholder farmers (e.g. women, men, and youth) in order to address their specific needs and deliver the appropriate solutions within the context of the local environment. SFSA is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, and has country offices and programs in over nine countries in Africa and Asia.

About EWS-KT

East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation is a nonprofit foundation that improves the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in less developed areas of Africa and Asia. To achieve this goal, EWS-KT trains farmers in sustainable and profitable horticultural techniques and enhances their business skills, creating opportunities for income development. In this way, EWS-KT aims to increase the supply of safe-to-eat vegetables while simultaneously catalyzing the development of innovative agricultural input markets. Since 2015, EWS-KT has trained more than 715,000 farmers in Asia and Africa.

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