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The mission of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) is to create value for resource-poor small farmers in developing countries through innovation in sustainable agriculture and the activation of value chains. Its operational strategy focuses on smallholders, productivity, and markets.

The Foundation works with partners in developing countries and emerging markets. Its aim is to help small farmers become more professional growers. It does this by extending science-based know-how, facilitating access to quality inputs, and linking smallholders to markets in profitable ways. This adds value for rural communities, and sustainably improves food security.

SFSA invests in sustainable improvements in farm yields, and helps small farmers earn income from their produce. The productivity of primary production factors such as labour, land, and water is a major concern, as is total factor productivity. Investments in plant science and product delivery systems – such as strengthened national seed industries – underpin the productivity goal. So do credit systems, index insurance, and market links for grains, pulses and high-value products and crops.

SFSA’s agricultural extension projects are complemented with a portfolio of partnerships in advanced crop science. The Foundation additionally works to create ‘enabling conditions’ in the form of improved regulatory frameworks, stewardship capacity, financial, and risk transfer tools, biodiversity conservation, and land improvement funded by carbon finance. It also conducts policy studies and outreach in a growing range of domains.


B4FA is reaching out and wishes to build partnerships with all those whose activities touch on the development of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa, from regulators, researchers and scientists through all aspects to agri-industry and those whose activities impact agriculture including banks, finance organisations, potential investors and IT entrepreneurs. To this end, we are working to establish partnerships with a relevant, select group with whom to work to contribute to the development of the potential of African agriculture.


B4FA is extremely grateful for the generous support of the Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre in Cambridge, a charity, established in 1995, that focuses upon affordable education, affordable healthcare, sustainable development, including food security and mitigating climate change and the promotion of electoral democracy and good governance.

B4FA is grateful for the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation which funded B4FA between 2013 and 2017. The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. The Foundation takes a particular interest in how major advances in genetics might serve to empower individuals, leading to spiritually beneficial social and cultural changes.