This article was originally published by Syngentaand is republished with permission.
How the people behind The Good Growth Plan are helping empower smallholders
Priscar Mwangangi is one of the many real people behind The Good Growth Plan. She grows tomatoes, peppers and beans on a small plot of land in Kenya. Heavy rains, crop disease and low-yielding seeds used to keep her from achieving her dream of growing her crops all year-round. Without crop protection and high-quality seeds, an entire season’s work could be lost.
As part of a Syngenta program in her community, Priscar leads field demonstrations to share her knowledge, particularly on high-quality seeds, which she credits as a major factor in her own success. Fellow growers in the program are also trained on how to use pesticides in the right way, including the use of protective equipment and the appropriate disposal of empty containers.
Syngenta has committed to reach 20 million smallholders like Priscar and enable them to increase productivity by 50 percent as part of the Good Growth Plan. But the goal isn’t just to reach smallholders – but is to empower them. That’s why Syngenta working with partners around the world to give more smallholders the farming knowhow they need – as well as access to agronomic knowledge and quality crop inputs.