Commitments to action

Sustainably Strengthening Smallholder Resilience to Climate Change and Other Risks

Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

Objective

The Syngenta Foundation commits to creating partnerships that successfully address multiple challenges in vulnerable smallholder farming systems in Africa and South Asia by 2025. We aim to achieve large-scale adoption of innovations and practices enabling climate-smart, resilient agriculture to become adopted at country and landscape scale. We will focus on interventions that (i) align with climate mitigation objectives, (ii) actively increase climate resilience/adaptation, if and only if (iii) they have a clear potential to robustly contribute to farm-level profitability. We will ensure all our Interventions are climate smart and resilient. They will be bundled with access to finance and risk mitigation (including through insurance), closely involving young entrepreneurs, and supported by improved public and private incentives. We will ensure these innovations get delivered through at least 15,000 new local businesses. At least 50% of the benefits from this commitment will accrue to women. We will seek to build, contribute to and align partnerships with research, public and private stakeholders, as well as major global processes including UNFCCC and UNCCD.

Rationale

The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture launched its refreshed strategy in mid-2021 – see https://www.syngentafoundation.org/our-strategy-2021-2025. A core basis of this strategy is the recognition that smallholders in low- and middle-income countries are particularly exposed to climate and other risks. Already producing low and erratic yields, and often disconnected from major input and output value chains, financial safety nets and extension services, they are uniquely vulnerable to the risks associated with climate change and the degradation of agricultural ecosystems. Syngenta Foundation believes there is increasing recognition across public and private sectors that more robust partnerships and ecosystems are needed to change the trajectory on this challenge and meet the 2030 SDGs.

Constituency

Private sector
Other

Action Area(s)

Build Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks, and Stresses

Location

Bangladesh
China
Myanmar
Nigeria
Senegal
Mali
Kenya
United of Republic of Tanzania
Rwanda
Ethiopia
India
Indonesia
Cambodia

Key contact

Simon Winter, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
[email protected]

Keywords

Resilience
Multistakeholder partnerships
Climate risks

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