CFS 44 Side Event
Growing Together: Transforming agricultural value chains in Bangladesh
Thursday, October 12, 18:00 to 19:30
Mexico Room (D213 BIS)
VSO, an international development organization, and Syngenta, a global agribusiness, are working together to create resilient and thriving smallholder farming communities in Bangladesh. The resulting project Growing Together has piloted and successfully demonstrated an agronomic and market systems approach which has tripled net farmer income for 7,000 farmers through a network of Farmer Centers. Now in its third year, Growing Together intends to scale the Farmer Center model through an innovative social franchise. This has the potential to reach 100,000 farmers over the coming two to three years and to scale further through its franchised network of farmer centres and agri-entrepreneurs. This approach has introduced innovations in thinking of value chains; encouraging a nested view of value chains in which companies realise a vested interest in supporting the health of farming communities.
The collaboration harnesses the expertise of senior Syngenta employees who volunteer on short-term assignments with VSO in Bangladesh to co-create this initiative. Building on the recent expansion of the partnership to include Bank Asia and Blue Number, Syngenta and VSO now invite other stakeholders to share learning and collaborate in extending the impact of this project.