Multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company Bayer has launched “Better Farms, Better Lives” initiative to assist smallholder farmers in Africa who are facing additional challenges resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic, by providing seeds and giving them market access.
This is in line with the company’s overall aspiration of helping to build a world where there is Health for all, Hunger for none. In order to reach all the targeted farmers, Bayer will build partnerships with governments, recognized NGOs and local organisations to provide accelerated access to agronomy services and knowledge and scale up existing and new value chain partnerships and further expand value chain partnerships across Africa.
“Smallholder farmers are essential to providing food security to a billion people in Africa, but the on-going pandemic is placing extra challenges on their ability to produce food for their communities and beyond,” says Liam Condon, President of Bayer’s Crop Science Division.
In Kenya, Bayer will collaborate with Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and local County Governments to distribute 300 metric tones of Bayer’s Dekalb corn seed brand and Seminis vegetables seeds brand, to ten Counties including Bungoma, Tana River, Machakos and Narok.