Bayer and NGOs collaborate to support smallholder farmers

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At Fruit Logistica 2018 in Berlin, Bayer will sign collaboration agreements with two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) committed to supporting smallholder farmers. “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,” says Liam Condon, Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division.

“That’s why we are collaborating with strong partners to ensure access to important know-how, quality products and markets.”

Bayer partners with Solidaridad and Triptolemos

Bayer is proud to announce its collaboration 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. “This collaboration will further strengthen our existing partnership network,” says Michaelyn Baur, Managing Director at Solidaridad. “Bayer’s extensive expertise in agriculture and food production allows us to achieve change that matters – for the people and the planet.”

One of the first projects will aim to improve smallholder livelihoods, food security, integrated landscape management and climate change resilience through PanameriCaña, a platform of 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.

Another element of the collaboration between Bayer and Solidaridad will be the implementation of the BayG.A.P. Service Program. This program, which was set up in collaboration with GLOBALG.A.P., supports farmers in implementing good agricultural practices and thus enables them to acquire certifications to better connect them to local or global markets. The Program enables the sustainable production of crops by focusing on the safe use of crop protection products, pollinator safety, water management, and other important measures to protect the environment and biodiversity.

“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.” - Mathias Kremer, Global Head Crop Strategies & Portfolio Management at Bayer.

Working together for sustainable agriculture

Collaboration is also essential for Bayer’s overall commitment to sustainability. At this year’s Fruit Logistica, Bayer will showcase different initiatives and programs that contribute to sustainable agriculture. In addition to Food Chain Partnership, at the Bayer booth visitors can learn more about Bee Care, ForwardFarming, Smallholder Farming, the BayG.A.P. Service Program – and how Bayer contributes to the secure production of high-quality, healthy, and affordable fruits and vegetables.

Furthermore, Bayer will again demonstrate its collaborative approach at the Exhibitor Forum. In a series of talks by Bayer experts and external partners such as Griffith Foods, Assocham India and Greenyard, the company will address challenges and opportunities in fruit and vegetable production in India. The Exhibitor Forum will be taking place on February 8, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, at Fruit Logistica (CityCube).

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