The map below shows the number of smallholders reached through Syngenta Crop Protection and Seeds sales and number of farm workers trained. You can select a country on the map to see the details. The country’s color indicates progress compared to the previous year, with dark green indicating the biggest overall percentage increase.
Smallholder growers are critical to the world’s food security, yet they often face high financial risks and low returns. Every day, 180,000 people leave rural communities to live in cities. Over half our sales are in developing countries dominated by smallholder farmers, particularly in Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. As our contact with smallholders is largely indirect through vendors of our products, we use sales volume data to calculate the number of smallholders reached. Through sales, we reached 20.3 million, an increase of 52 percent on the year before. In China alone, we reached 13.9 million smallholders, 82 percent up on 2018, mainly due to increased sales of our seed treatment products MAXIM® and the new product MAXIM® Advance.
In 2019, we trained 8.6 million people, bringing the cumulative total since 2014 to 42.4 million – exceeding our overall 2020 target of 20 million. This year’s figure represents a slight increase compared to 2018, driven mainly by a significant increase in Asia Pacific that was offset by a slight decrease in Latin America. Smallholders make up some 70 percent of the people we train on safe use, as part of broader education on using our products to best effect.
The map below shows seed producing countries that have implemented the Syngenta Fair Labor program. Countries that were new to the program in 2019 have been indicated.