Syngenta is one of the world`s leading companies with more than 28,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life.
One of the unique things about Syngenta is that our actions and products can help address one of the planet’s most challenging dilemmas: how to grow more crops from less resources. That is why our ambition is to bring greater food security in an environmentally sustainable way to an increasingly populous world by creating a worldwide step-change in farm productivity. And that means on every farm - the 8 million large farms of over 100 hectares and also the 500 million farms of around only 1 hectare. Each farm and farmer has a role to play.
Through deploying our world-class science, we aim to transform the way crops are grown and look beyond yield. This includes novel go-to-market models, building in particular on our success in reaching new customers in emerging markets.
To work towards meeting our ambition, we put the grower at the centre of everything we do. Our strategy calls for us to think like a grower and understand that he thinks about his land and his crop in a holistic, integrated way. With our enormous breadth of technologies in Crop Protection, Seeds and Seed Care, we are uniquely placed in our industry to not only provide the grower with integrated offers now but also truly innovative and transformative technologies in the future. These solutions will help the grower to meet the increasingly complex challenges of today and tomorrow.
At the core of the long-term success of our strategy is innovation, particularly in research and development. The products of the future will certainly need to produce extra yield, but they will also need to have a positive impact on the land and the people who live on the land. Yield alone is no longer enough. We will innovate beyond the single product paradigm of chemical or biological products, and we will innovate by crop and at scale. Our strategy has growers’ needs at its heart.
Integrate: By bringing together our world leading Crop Protection portfolio and our broad Seeds platform we present a single face to the customer and offer integrated solutions in the field, drawing on our deep knowledge and understanding of agriculture. These unique solutions are created to comprehensively address grower needs and will be efficiently scaled so that they are offered on a global crop basis.
Innovate: Through our innovative R&D platform, combining chemical and biological expertise, we harness our knowledge of agriculture and our understanding of growers to develop game-changing technologies which will drive land productivity. We continue to create new markets as we are doing with Plene on sugar cane in Brazil and with the launch of the Tegra™ integrated rice program in Asia, and we seek value-adding partnerships and collaborations which maximize return on R&D and bring new offers to the grower more quickly.
Outperform: Our aim is to gain an average 0.5 percent market share across our combined businesses and to create value for our shareholders by first creating value for our customers. We target an EBITDA margin in the range of 22-24 percent by 2015, Cash Flow Return on Investment (CFROI) in excess of 12 percent, and a continuous increase in the dividend.
Our mission is to make a difference for smallholders in developing countries. By helping them become more professional growers, we want to achieve added value for rural communities. One way we do that is through technical innovation. Equally important is access to markets, enabling smallholders both to buy inputs and sell their produce. These and other factors are all essential for sustainably successful agriculture.
How do we work?
We focus on “pre-commercial farmers”, who typically own less than two hectares. Our work has two main goals: better productivity and stronger value chains. In both areas we work with a wide range of partners. They include state institutions, private companies, research institutes and non-governmental organizations (”NGOs“).
The Syngenta Foundation invests in methods that sustainably increase crop yields. Plant science, for example, develops better seeds specifically suited to local conditions. Sustainable productivity also requires appropriate commercial structures. So we additionally invest in credit systems, insurance and the distribution of market information.
The Syngenta Foundation gets value chains moving. We help smallholders to earn an income from their produce, for example by meeting high standards of quality and safety. We also establish partnerships in areas as varied as seed supply, environmental services and food processing.
Why is this important?
Worldwide, there are an estimated 450 million smallholder families. With new supporting services, methods and tools, they could further enhance their contribution to food security. Also, productive agriculture goes beyond filling plates. It forms a fundamental basis for overall economic development. Improving smallholders’ livelihoods is an essential part of the international battle against poverty and hunger.
Where will you meet us?
We currently run projects in, for example, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mali, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia and Peru.
The Foundation is based in Basel, Switzerland. We contribute worldwide to the development policy debate.