FANRPAN Workshop on Seed Harmonization Johannesburg May 20

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FANRPAN Workshop on Seed Harmonization Johannesburg, May 20 -21, 2010

FANRPAN Workshop on Seed Harmonization Johannesburg, May 20 -21, 2010

Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) • Though fully funded by Syngenta Corporation, SFSA

Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) • Though fully funded by Syngenta Corporation, SFSA is independent • It has an independent management / structure • Headed by an Executive Director (Dr. Marco Ferroni – former World Bank executive) • Supervised by an independent Board of Directors • Present in Asia, Africa and Latin America

SFSA Activities • Support smallholder farmers – Agriculture Extension – Insurance – Market linkages

SFSA Activities • Support smallholder farmers – Agriculture Extension – Insurance – Market linkages • Seed Systems Development • Agricultural Research collaborations • Work in partnership with Governments, NGOs and Private Sector

SFSA activities in Seed Systems Develoment • Long standing donor to CGIAR • Strongly

SFSA activities in Seed Systems Develoment • Long standing donor to CGIAR • Strongly support the “D” part of “R&D” – Private sector seed associations (e. g. STAK, ASTA) – Cornell / MM (Ed Mbaya will give details) – Coach and mentor small seed companies in Africa in seed production, processing, marketing etc – Recently arranged a visit of eight West African seed companies to India, jointly with AGRA • Facilitate Research Collaborations (e. g. CYMMIT) • Support a project to raise countries’ capacity of biosafety management (coordinated by FARA)

SFSA Expertise • SFSA has access to Syngenta vast knowledge in seeds and CP

SFSA Expertise • SFSA has access to Syngenta vast knowledge in seeds and CP as well as a deep footprint across the developing world • Syngenta’s oldest legacy seed company was set up in Holland as a partnership in 1810 and in U. S. in 1867 • Syngenta is present in 90 countries and sells its products across the world • I bring 38 years of seeds experience in India (through the Green Revolution), Asia as Head, APAC and global as Head of Field Crops based in Switzerland

Stylistic representation of seed market development, India AGRA – PASS has chosen the right

Stylistic representation of seed market development, India AGRA – PASS has chosen the right role model: India’s Green Revolution because of the smallholder focus and complexities of culture, languages, caste (in India) / tribes (in Africa) Sub-Saharan Africa in 2009 100% Market India Pub lic s ecto r Priv ate sec tor Private sector research Seeds Act 1964 NARS Rockefeller Foundation (CIMMYT) 1960 6 IRRI 1971 ICRISAT 1972 New Seed Policy 1986 MNCs Large Indian Cos Small Indian seed companies 1970 1980 1990 2000

SFSA: India • Total area : 329 Mio ha, 55% cultivated – Rice: 42

SFSA: India • Total area : 329 Mio ha, 55% cultivated – Rice: 42 Mio ha, Wheat: 31 Mio ha – Sorghum: 10 Mio ha, Millets: 6 Mio ha – Sugarcane: 4 Mio ha – Second largest producer of vegetables in the world • Extent: (8 to 37 N) N-S Oslo to Rabat, W-E Lisbon to Warsaw • Three crop planting seasons • Temperature: -40 c to +50 c, Rainfall: 5 mm p. a. to 12, 500 mm p. a. • 25 main languages, 200 dialects