Zambia: Syngenta and USAID/ Feed the Future Invest $1.8 million to help Smallholder Farmers

PRESS RELEASE/ REPUBLISHED

In 20 districts across Zambia, Syngenta will establish 20 seedling production sites,
each owned and operated by an Entrepreneurial Young Plant Raiser (YPR)

LUSAKA, Zambia, April 28, 2017/

Syngenta in Zambia, through its subsidiary MRI Seed, has
partnered with the Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, a United States Agency
for International Development (USAID) programme implemented by Fintrac Inc.
, to help smallholder farmers gain  access to high-quality, disease-free horticultural seedlings, giving them the opportunity to become commercially viable vegetable farmers.

The programme aims to build a sustainable seedling distribution model for hybrid
vegetables; provide access to market information and linkages; train farmers on good
agricultural practices and business management; and introduce new technologies to
help smallholder farmers dramatically improve their yields.

In 20 districts across Zambia, Syngenta will establish 20 seedling production sites,
each owned and operated by an Entrepreneurial Young Plant Raiser (YPR). The YPR will
provide business and technical training, as well as facilitate market linkages for
the benefit of 12,000 smallholder farmers. Although the primary focus of the project
will be on tomato and cabbage seedlings, Syngenta will also conduct trials and
testing regarding the commercial viability of other crops with a high potential in
Zambia such as kale (rape), cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, and potato.

Furthermore, Syngenta will help in promoting a pilot programme for YPR’s “Vegetable
in a Bag” concept, where a small portion of YPR seedlings will be sold in reusable
packaging, with no ground soil and minimal water, making them suitable for urban and
peri-urban use.

“For Syngenta, smallholder farmers around the world and in Zambia are key to solving
the growing gap between the supply and demand for affordable food. Our partnership
with USAID focuses on testing the commercial viability of innovative business models
designed to enable smallholder farmers in Zambia to increase their output and thus
their profitability whilst using sustainable and safe agricultural practices. This
is what Syngenta’s Good Growth Plan is ultimately all about, and one that we have
proven through the Community Agro Dealer initiative in Zambia over the last years.”
– Mark Stokes, Head of Customer Marketing for Syngenta Zambia.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Syngenta.
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I am a graduate of Agriculture with options in Soil Science and Meteorology from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike- Nigeria. I am the lead Agribusiness consultant at Agritechnovate Solutions Entreprises. I have underwent several trainings, conferences and studies in Agriculture and entrepreneurship with University of Maryland, U.S.A , IHAV Foundation Conference, Association of Africa Business School (AABS) Agric business Launch to mention but a few. As a young farmer and entreprenuer with a passion for research and writing, I use this blog to share my experiences as well as inform Youths of the opportunities available in Agriculture and Entrepreneurship. Follow me on twitter: @kalusamanya Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kalusam Skype: kalusam WHatsapp: +2347036931636
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