Bayer collaborates with NGOs support smallholder farmers

Bayer collaborates with NGOs to support smallholder farmers

6:49 AM, 8th February 2018
Bayer collaborates with NGOs to support smallholder farmers
In one of the first projects, Bayer and Solidaridad will support smallholder sugarcane producers in Mexico.

MONHEIM/ BERLIN, GERMANY: Bayer AG has signed collaboration agreements with two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) committed to supporting smallholder farmers.

Bayer partners with Solidaridad and Triptolemos

The company has collaborated with Solidaridad, an international civil society organization which aims at facilitating the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound, and profitable supply chains.

Joint activities will focus on increasing smallholder productivity and viability, for example by providing training and supporting farmers to reach socio-environmental certification standards. The projects will for now focus on Central America – with anticipated geographical expansion.

One of the first projects will aim to improve smallholder livelihoods, food security, integrated landscape management and climate change resilience through PanameriCana, a platform of the sugar industry and other stakeholders across Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Bayer and Solidaridad will provide approximately 1,500 smallholder sugarcane producers with better access to know-how, technology, and financing models.

The second collaboration will be with Triptolemos Foundation – an independent institution which works on achieving food safety and a more equitable global food system – to develop new training materials and programs designed to help farmers produce food in a sustainable manner.

The partnership will focus on the inclusion of the Bayer certification tool BayGAP.in the activities of the UNESCO Chair “Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development: Global Food Production and Safety,” commissioned by Triptolemos.

“Bayer shares our vision and determination to ensure sustainable production, to improve farmers’ livelihoods, and to reach global food security. We are looking forward to benefiting from their know-how in implementing good agricultural practices,” says Yvonne Colomer, Director at Triptolemos Foundation.

Bayer and Triptolemos will work on expanding the BayGAP Service Program by developing additional training materials and implementing new training through online tools

“80 percent of the food consumed in developing countries is produced by more than 500 million smallholder farmers. Helping them to increase their productivity in a sustainable manner is key to address food security whilst protecting the environment. That’s why we are collaborating with strong partners to ensure access to important know-how, quality products and markets,” said Liam Condon, member of the board of management of Bayer AG and president of the crop science division.

“This collaboration will further strengthen our existing partnership network. Bayer’s extensive expertise in agriculture and food production allows us to achieve change that matters – for the people and the planet,” said Michaelyn Baur, managing director at Solidaridad.

“Bayer shares our vision and determination to ensure sustainable production, to improve farmers’ livelihoods, and to reach global food security. We are looking forward to benefiting from their know-how in implementing good agricultural practices,” added Yvonne Colomer, director at Triptolemos Foundation.

“This will enable us to reach out to even more farmers to help them produce in a sustainable manner,” added Colomer. Although joint activities will have a global scope, both parties will put a special focus on the needs of smallholder farmers in Africa, Latin-America and Asia. 

“Partnerships and collaboration are essential if we really want to make a difference in people’s lives. Together with Solidaridad and Triptolemos we can achieve this – promote sustainable agricultural practices in different parts of the world and improve farmers’ livelihoods as well as the communities they serve,” added Mathias Kremer, global head crop strategies & portfolio management at Bayer.

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