The Syngenta Connections program, the first of its kind in Asia-Pacific, is a regional initiative that links together students, organisations, institutions and farmers to increase access to technology for growers and enhance agronomy knowledge for stakeholders.
The program was launched in 2010 to provide a platform for agriculture students from Australia to learn different agricultural practices in developing countries and understand the challenges faced by smallholder farmers. The program provided 55 young future leaders in agriculture the opportunity to directly ‘connect’ with the farming communities by working with them in the field and being immersed in the local culture.
In 2013, the program was expanded to incorporate an engagement opportunity to improve the public sector’s extension work with smallholder farmers by ‘connecting’ them to extension workers knowledgeable in new farming technologies and processes. This gave life to the Syngenta Connections Study Tour, by taking a group of learners from developing countries to Australia to expose them to modern farming practices.
Syngenta runs the Connections program in collaboration with Rimfire Resources.
2015 Connections Outbound Tour
Twenty agriculture students from across Australia, the largest group to participate in the Connections program since its inception in 2010, were selected to participate in a two-week study tour of the northern Philippines. During the tour, the students learnt about the challenges local farmers face in the Philippines while being exposed to rural development and smallholder farming. The group also met with local dignitaries, including the Mayor of Cauayn City in Isabela, the second-largest province in the Philippines, and visited the renowned International Rice Research Institute in the province of Laguna to learn about the latest technologies in rice research and field testing.
2015 Connections Study Tour
Seven academics and students from the University of Philippines at Los Banos College of Agriculture toured throughout New South Wales and Queensland in November and December, meeting with leading industry experts and local growers to gain a greater understanding of Australian agriculture. The two-week Study Tour focused on precision farming methods, low-resource environment technologies and genomics, with an emphasis on horticulture, glasshouses and controlled environment facilities.
Click here to learn more about the Syngenta Connections program or email [email protected] to register your interest in participating in the 2016 program.