Athur van Marrewijk explains how to use the Hololens in his work in developing new varieties of tomatos for Syngenta
As the coronavirus continues to impact communities worldwide, Syngenta is committed to keeping our employees safe and to supporting farmers in their efforts to produce enough nutritious and affordable food, well beyond the current health crisis. Here you’ll find the latest updates on our activities.
Extending support to government hospitals in India
At the request of the State Government of Andhra Pradesh in India, Syngenta India has extended its support to the government-run hospitals in the region. The hospitals ran out of bedsheets and pillow covers, which were in high demand as the number of Covid-19 patients was increasing. Syngenta India donated 2,000 unique disposable bedsheets and pillow covers to Andhra Pradesh district hospitals in Vijayawada and Guntur.
Joining hands with teachers and children to prevent the spread of Covid-19
Preventing new coronavirus infections remains a priority in managing the pandemic. Syngenta’s Seeds Development team in Vietnam recently donated 200 medical masks, 10 bottles of hand sanitizers and 3 ear thermometers to a kindergarten located in the same community to help protect teachers and students. The team also spent time with the children practicing proper handwashing and how to wear the masks correctly.
Helping Food Banks Canada face food insecurity
Food Banks Canada has seen an increase of more than 100 families per month since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite this year’s challenges, Syngenta employees at the Honeywood Research Farm in Plattsville, Ontario, Canada, worked together to safely harvest potatoes and squash for donation to the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank. Syngenta Canada is also the founding sponsor of Food Bank Canada’s Rural Support program and provided an additional $30,000 to support their Covid-19 Response Fund. cover costs such as vehicles and gas to bring food into the community.
Health & safety training on Covid-19 for field workers
Field season is now in full swing in Brazil. Due to the special circumstances caused by the pandemic, Syngenta Brazil has expanded its regular health & safety trainings for field workers to include Covid-19 related guidelines. These guidelines – maintaining physical distance, washing hands regularly and sanitising the workplace – are also crucial for protecting workers in the field. The workers received booklets with details and reminders for use out in the field and when traveling. Syngenta is committed to helping prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the communities where we operate.
Helping to adopt new habits
In order to avoid the spread and transmission of the coronavirus, we all must adopt new habits. Syngenta in Indonesia supported the communities around our seeds site on East Java by building two ‘gazebo’ checkpoints. The gazebos are equipped with posters explaining protective measures against Covid-19 and with hand washing facilities.
Ensuring education can continue
Syngenta is committed to provide a safe and healthy working environment – not only for its own employees but also in the communities it operates in. Syngenta in the Philippines provided personal protective equipment and other materials to control the coronavirus to teaching and non-teaching staff of serveral schools of General Santos City as well as to employees of local government units.
Donating computers for online schooling
Since the Coronavirus pandemic started, many school-age children have been learning online. However, not all of them have access to computers. Syngenta colleagues in Greensboro, North Carolina, US, together with TEKsystems have so far restaged more than 220 laptops that are no longer in use by Syngenta employees. These laptops will be made available to families in need and the initiative will go on as long as there are old laptops that can be re-used.
Supporting frontline workers in the UK
With the increasing demand for face shields, the Syngenta team in Grangemouth donated materials to 3D Crowds UK, a 3D-printing community working to fill the gaps in the traditional PPE supply chain during the COVID-19 crisis. This allowed them to make 1,750 3D-printed face shields for frontline workers in the healthcare sector and other essential services across the UK.
Donating Covid-19 materials to hospitals in Brazil
Syngenta Brazil has made several donations to municipal hospitals, health-care units and health departments of 21 Brazilian cities. To protect the professionals who fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the company provided personal protective equipment like surgical and N95 masks, aprons, gloves, and googles, disinfectant as well as laser thermometers. In addition, the company provided equipment for PCR analysis in real time to help with the Covid-19 tests at the Central Laboratory of Belo Horizonte (LACEN).
Syngenta Seedcare creates a Covid-19 awareness raising video
The “new normal” during Covid-19 is unlike anything the world has encountered before. To help deal with this challenging situation, Syngenta Seedcare prepared a video in partnership with the Zambian seed industry and Tandem Circular Consulting. It contains tips on how to adapt to the new normal, so that the health crisis does not turn into a food crisis, and is available in 14 languages ranging from Turkish to Zulu.
Watch the informational video
Supporting the vulnerable in Greater Manchester, UK
Syngenta in the UK has made several donations to charities that support the vulnerable affected by the coronavirus pandemic across Greater Manchester. This includes 200 handmade face coverings to the BTCC比特币交易信息平台homeless charity, Lifeshare, and financial support to Fare Share, a charity that helps fight hunger and food waste by redistributing surplus food to frontline charities. They have also supported Francis House Children Hospice.
Support for the farmers hit two ways in Bangladesh
Bangladesh’s smallholders are facing not only Covid-19, but crop damage from flooding and extreme weather. The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture is on the ground working to support farmers and strengthen their resilience.
Read more on the Syngenta Foundation website
Syngenta Fields of Innovation takes place virtually for the first time
Since a live event wouldn't be possible due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Syngenta has decided to stage its Fields of Innovation virtually. In this digital ‘farmscape’, vegetable growers and the value chain can explore vegetable field crops through virtual 3D imagery and videos and chat live with Syngenta field experts from around the world.
Supporting vulnerable communities in Kenya
During the lockdown of major cities in Kenya due the Covid-19 pandemic, markets have been affected. In an effort to support farmers, the team at Syngenta Kenya bought farm products from identified struggling farmers and donated these to needy communities and facilities within the same regions. These communities included children's BTCC比特币交易信息平台homes, BTCC比特币交易信息平台homes for the elderly and also families that have been displaced due the recent floods.
Syngenta Singapore cares
The coronavirus pandemic spares no one. In Singapore, health care and migrant workers are two groups whose lives and livelihoods have been affected most. Employees at Syngenta Singapore made the donation of essential goods to several charities supporting migrant workers possible. They and their family members also crafted cards to thank and encourage health care workers, heroes at the frontline of fighting the pandemic.
Syngenta donates protective masks to Pfumvudza program in Zimbabwe
Syngenta is contributing to Zimbabwe's climate smart agriculture initiative "Pfumvudza" through helping to train agricultural extension workers (AEW). Even in times of the coronavirus pandemic, these trainers continue to interact with farmers to ensure all crops will be planted and monitored according to the conservation farming techniques of the Pfumvudza initiative. Syngenta Zimbabwe has donated 4,000 Covid-19 compliant mask for distribution to these AEWs.
Helping Indian suppliers to restart operations
Our Global Sourcing team in India recognized that in a situation of rapid production shut-down due to Covid-19, our suppliers were facing challenges. To support them, the team organized a safety training for them. This Pre-Start-up Safety Review training had previously been developed during a project to support the restart of our suppliers' operations in China.
Donating PPE to a hospital in Nairobi
The Syngenta team in Kenya is reaching out and supporting affected communities during this Covid-19 pandemic. They provided personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning disinfectants to St. Mary’s Mission Hospital, a fully funded hospital that focuses on providing affordable healthcare, located in one of the hardest hit areas in Nairobi, Kenya.
Helping to feed those in need
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in the US has seen a 65% increase in food requests per week as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Through our partnership with Walther Farms, Syngenta donated more than 18,000 kilos of potatoes to the food bank helping them fight hunger in the community.
Protecting health and safety of frontline workers in India
The pandemic has brought to fore the critical role played by frontline workers including health care professionals, police and sanitation personnel who have been working tirelessly to ensure basic services. Syngenta in India is supporting the efforts to protect their health and safety. So far, we have provided over 180,000 masks, 2,700 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, 1,000 liters of sanitizers to the frontline personnel. Additionally, we have supported government ities sanitize 100 villages in the states of Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.
Navigating Covid-19 news related to ag policies
The global impact of Covid-19 continues to expose existing structural challenges in agriculture. While governments are facing tough trade-offs when considering how to ease the lockdowns, there is increasing focus on how to mitigate the longer-term effects of Covid-19. The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture launched a new service called SFSA Policy Watch. Its main aim is to help readers navigate Covid-19 news related to agriculture policy responses, access to financial services, and supply-demand dynamics, with a focus on smallholder agriculture in Africa and Asia.
Fighting malaria while fighting Covid-19
When the WHO urged countries to minimize disruptions to malaria prevention and treatment services in sub-Saharan Africa during the Covid-19 pandemic, Syngenta’s Vector Control team offered extra support to national malaria programs. It has donated surgical masks and bottles of hand sanitizer to the National Malaria Control Programs of Senegal and Ethiopia, as well as masks to the program in Zimbabwe, while also keeping up knowledge-sharing activities via phone and video calls.
Helping people in need to keep themselves safe
With the wearing of face coverings in shops and on public transport being made mandatory by the UK Government, Syngenta Huddersfield donated 2,000 washable face coverings, as well as 1,000 pint-sized bottles of hand sanitizer to communities in the local area. In addition, a batch of hand sanitizer and 1,000 face coverings were made available directly to The Welcome Centre Food Bank in Huddersfield, so their clients aren't faced with the additional costs of keeping themselves safe.
Syngenta Thailand returns Covid-19 state aid
The Singapore government has launched several schemes to provide financial relief to businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Syngenta Thailand has returned the $1.5 million received by donating them to charitable causes. Among them is the Migrant Workers Assistance Fund, which champions fair employment practices and the well-being of migrant workers. In Singapore, the majority of migrant workers come from South and Southeast Asia, countries where Syngenta is present. So in a sense, our donation will be indirectly helping the communities in these markets.
Short videos support the summer season in Austria and Germany
With the coronavirus pandemic changing the way we work to keep everyone safe and healthy, Syngenta Austria and Germany are continuing their virtual field inspections throughout the summer season. Since the spring, we kept customers informed about the development of arable and specialty crops with short field videos from local trial sites. For the digital summer field days, a professional camera team shot 130 new videos at 13 locations.
#MaskingForAFriend encourages health and safety
Syngenta has a culture of keeping everyone safe and healthy. During the coronavirus pandemic, personal initiative and accountability are as important as policies and regulations around health and safety. Syngenta colleagues in North America are participating in the #MaskingForAFriend campaign. They are sporting themselves wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of those around them.
Protecting field workers of the Ministry of Agriculture in Ethiopia
Syngenta Ethiopia donated personal protective equipment – face masks, bottles of hand sanitizers and surgical hand gloves – to the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture to support the country through COVID-19. Though most of the Ministry’s regulatory team are working from BTCC比特币交易信息平台home, about 56 field workers are on the ground facilitating the import of agrochemicals at border customs check points to ensure business continuity in agriculture.
New ways of communicating with growers in Latin America
With travel limited due to the coronavirus situation, many of our teams have turned to new ways of communicating with growers. So, our teams in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela have turned to radio. Every two weeks, the teams host a show called “Vive El Campo Con Syngenta” (“Live in the field with Syngenta”), which invites key Syngenta and Ag industry experts to discuss crops, products and experiences.
Supporting frontline medical personnel in Zambia
Syngenta Zambia has donated personal protective equipment to the Ministry of Health, supporting frontline medical personnel through the Covid-19 pandemic. The donation included 10,000 disposal non-woven face masks, 10,000 medical examination gloves, 150 pieces of medical disposal personal protective equipment and 30 knapsack sprayers.
Agrarian workshop in the Ukraine going virtual
Monday, July 27
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, field tours and regional field days in the Ukraine had to be replaced by online format. Modern technologies allowed Syngenta Ukraine to provide growers with information about our products in a new hybrid format, including videos from the field, an interactive show and live-stream discussions with farmers. There were two separate broadcasts of the agrarian workshop according to the different agroclimatic zones.
Solidarity campaign at Syngenta Brazil
Syngenta Brazil launched a solidarity action entitled "Dá Match!" with the purpose of matching its employees’ donations directed to the communities where it operates. For each donation in kind, food or hygiene items made by the employees to institutions of their choice, Syngenta Brazil makes a contribution of equal value to an entity indicated by the donor.
Standing beside farmers in Bangladesh
The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture has launched its latest project to help in the fight against the coronavirus in Bangladesh. In five districts in North Bengal, the team has organized multiple Covid-19 awareness events for farmers including the distribution of safety materials and agriculture inputs such as rice and vegetable seeds through its partner organizations in compliance with social distancing norms. Local administration and government officials have also participated in these events.
Contributing to the safety of local ities in Egypt
Syngenta Egypt has donated 2,000 face masks, 2,000 gloves, 2 motorized knapsack sprayers, 2 manual knapsack sprayers to the Egyptian Government’s Agriculture Pesticide Committee. This was a measure to ensure the continued safety not only of Syngenta employees but also our stakeholders. Several Egyptian agri-related committees, central laboratories, research institutes and research stations will benefit from this donation.
Keeping customers engaged in South America
Across Mexico and South America, our technical sales reps and product development specialists have been keeping customers engaged through very successful virtual field days. The meetings allow teams and customers to review business progress, market analysis, trial plans and identify opportunities. At the same time, the virtual events have helped to keep the business running with over 1,500 trials planted and evaluated.
Supporting the most vulnerable in Kenya
The Covid-19 pandemic has had an economic impact on the ornamentals industry in East Africa and globally. In a "Flowers 4 Food" initiative, we have partnered with Oserian Flowers Ltd. to support the community in setting up a vegetable farm that will provide nutrition to the most vulnerable in the workforce during this period when staple foods are escalating in price and there is scarcity in supply. As part of this initiative, we have donated vegetable seeds and CP solutions to ensure the project’s success. Oserian has about 4,500 employees with 3,000 dependents.
Supporting frontline workers in Indonesia
As the coronavirus pandemic continues in Indonesia, our Gunung Puteri Crop Protection Production Plant team are helping to prevent the spread of the disease. A total of 5,200 masks, four disinfectant sprayers, 50 face shields, alcohol, disinfectants, and nutrient products such as milk, honey, and Vitamin C have been distributed to three community health centers, police stations, and members of the communities around our Gunung Puteri Plant.
Seeds of hope for vulnerable Nigerian smallholders
At the best of times, smallholders face numerous challenges. Covid-19 has added hugely to the burden. In Nigeria, the Syngenta Foundation, together with partners ICRISAT, IITA, and the Ministry of Agriculture, arranged sorghum and cowpea seeds delivery to 700 particularly vulnerable smallholder across five states. The distribution of seeds is necessary because of the effect of lockdown on smallholders leading to insufficient seeds for crop production.
Read more on the Syngenta Foundation website
Formulation plant in Singapore adapts production
The Malaysian movement-control order to prevent further spread of the coronavirus restricted the movement of some of the staff at the Syngenta formulation plant. Employees adapted quickly and took on multiple roles to make up for the positions vacant because of border controls, e.g. the maintenance manager taking on the role of being a mechanic. At the same time, strict Covid-19 hygiene and safety standards have been implemented.
Helping to feed people in need in the US
Our Greensboro site in the US is supporting the Out of the Garden Project to help to feed people in need in the local community. The Project is currently serving more than 1,300 people per day versus the 200 to 300 normally served due to an increase in unemployment and other impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Recruiting and onboarding in times of the coronavirus
As we continue our operations and deliver products and services to farmers so they can feed the world, we also continued our recruitment and onboarding activities. Interviews for a variety of positions – internship students, technical sales representatives and area sales managers in Russia, Uruguay and the US – as well as induction sessions for new joiners were held virtually using online video conferencing tools.
Virtual anniversary tour through Italy
Syngenta Italy’s Cereals Plus roadshow has been a key event for farmers, agronomists, mills, and pasta producers to promote and strengthen the image of pasta, biscuits and bread made in Italy. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, its 10-year anniversary roadshow went digital – with virtual field visits across Italy, live streaming session and webinars, and an online event page.
Distributing food to those in need in India
Responding to the Covid-19 situation, Syngenta India distributed food to 500 members of the Akshaya Patra Foundation for one month to farmers, laborers and daily wage workers at Hubli Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organization that runs school lunch programs across India. Hubli APMC is a marketing board established by the state government to ensure farmers are safeguarded from exploitation.
Experience flowers on a virtual tour
When Flower Trials, a well-established event in The Netherlands, was canceled, Syngenta Flowers decided to offer a digital experience of our latest flowers, best sellers and innovations by developing a Syngenta Flowers Virtual Tour. It uses Google Virtual Tour Technology – also known as Google Street View. As a virtual event, it has unlimited opening hours so customers can access it at the moment of their preference – independent of their time zone.
Fresh produce, floods and video calls in Bangladesh
The coronavirus pandemic is impacting different aspects of people’s lives. In Bangladesh, the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture is responding to these challenges: ensuring fresh produce reaches consumers while farmers continue earning a fair income, overcoming labor shortages when crops are ready to harvest, and keeping staff and partners safe, connected and motivated.
Read more on the Syngenta Foundation website
Using satellite imagery in field trials in Turkey
In Turkey, farmers appealed for lockdown exemption from the government and were granted it. While the fields are being tended, Syngenta teams are continuing field trials and monitoring with FarmShots™, our digital tool that uses satellite and drone imagery analysis to help detect diseases, pests and poor plant nutrition. We are also partnering with local teams to support growers and seed multipliers as travelling to them is not currently an option.
Donating face masks to local families in Thailand
Friday, June 19
In a crisis like the current coronavirus pandemic, working together and pooling resources is imperative. The team at our site in Tak Fah, Thailand, supported the health promotion of the Nong Soi Tong hospital and donated 1,500 face masks. The face masks were then distributed by volunteers to 500 families in local villages.
A virtual welcome to our new tomato breeding center in The Netherlands
Due to the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, our new R&D and marketing facility called Tomato Vision opened in Maasland, The Netherlands, with an online inaugural opening event. The greenhouse has been designed to mimic real growing conditions around the world. Part of the demonstration center is open to visitors – which in the current circumstance means using modern digital communication tools and virtual reality technology to interact with them and provide them a worthwhile experience.
Syngenta appreciates US truck drivers
During these difficult times due to Covid-19, drivers are required to remain in their truck while onsite at our plant in St. Gabriel, US. Our logistics team there started an initiative to support these essential workers: each driver entering the site is given a “goodie bag” containing water and snacks to enjoy while their truck is being loaded.
Returning to our offices in Basel safely
When the government in Switzerland announced a gradual relaxation of the coronavirus measures, arrangements for a safe return to our offices at the Basel Headquarters were made. Feedback from colleagues participating in a test run was incorporated and now, employees work on a split-team basis, alternating between the Basel site and their BTCC比特币交易信息平台home office. On their return to the site, employees received a welcome package including a useful brochure about safety measures and physical distancing on site, a face mask – and chocolate.
Syngenta donates to Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
To help GCSAA members who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Syngenta has donated $15,000 to the GCSAA Disaster Relief Fund. GCSAA established the Disaster Relief Fund after Hurricane Katrina in 2006 to be able to assist members who had suffered personal loss. Since then, the fund has been a resource for members who have fallen victim to other natural disasters such as tornadoes, flooding, wildfires and now the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sharing Syngenta’s seeds portfolio virtually in Zimbabwe
Faced with limitations on customer events due to the coronavirus situation, our Zimbabwe team organized a virtual field day with a focus on growing peas for export markets. The virtual event allowed our pea/bean breeder in the US to deliver a great presentation live from the US about Syngenta’s efforts in pea breeding, while local experts covered the technical part and presented our varieties.
Distributing groceries to the local community in India
In India, the lockdown of the country to stop the spread of the coronavirus has also made it difficult for many to earn a living – and thus provide for themselves. Our teams from the Mulani site in Maharashtra state have been distributing groceries to the local community to support them during the challenging times of the coronavirus outbreak.
Producing face masks with a 3D-printer
One of the measures to protect yourself and others from being infected with Covid-19 is wearing a face mask. Colleagues at the melon field trial sites in Spain are using their own 3D-printed face masks which are safer because of their better fit.
Virtual tours of glasshouse at Jealott’s Hill, UK
Our Research Biology Weed Control Team at Jealott's Hill in the UK has ensured business continuity through virtual glasshouse tours. Due to the requirements of social distancing, much fewer staff can work at our glasshouse at the same time. So they planned and implemented virtual glasshouse tours via Zoom, using a smart phone as a mobile camera. With everyone able to see the units, they could discuss progress of the experiments in real time.
Supporting US local communities during the coronavirus outbreak
The coronavirus pandemic has not only impacted people’s health. There’s an influx of people in many communities who are affected by unemployment due to the coronavirus restrictions and who are in need of food, medical equipment, housing and other supplies. Syngenta’s Greensboro and St. Gabriel sites in the US are supporting local organization by providing meals and offering much-needed food bank supplies.
Healthy farmers and business alternatives in Indonesia
Ensuring food security in the world’s fourth most populous country is a crucial challenge, more so with the constraints and restrictions in a pandemic directly affecting farmers and the food supply chain. The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture is supporting the government’s health awareness campaign to slow the spread of COVID-19, particularly among farmers. And its ‘Pancer Tani’ agri-service centers are stepping up their capabilities to run technical discussions, field reports, as well as training via phone and digital meeting platforms.
Read more on the Syngenta Foundation website
Learning online about sustainable agriculture
In times when face-to-face training isn’t possible due to the coronavirus restrictions, Syngenta France launched the e-academy “Aiming for Zero Impact”. The goal is to help farmers train to adopt good practices. Courses will eventually cover all practices related to the environment – biodiversity, water, soil and air – and the safety of people. Find out more (in French)
Free movement of people working in agriculture is important
When a country goes into lockdown to minimize the spread of Covid-19, there are people working in essential sectors that cannot do their jobs from BTCC比特币交易信息平台home – agricultural workers among them. In the Philippines, we are equipping our employees with supporting material to help explaining at checkpoints the importance of free movement of agricultural inputs and of people producing food.
Making a contribution to Covid-19 testing in the UK
In times of coronavirus, it’s not only personal protective equipment that’s in short supply but also reagents used as part of Covid-19 testing. One such reagent consists of micron-sized silica-coated magnetic beads. Syngenta uses these in DNA and RNA extractions from seeds and plant materials, and has experience in producing them at our in-house lab at Jealott’s Hill, UK. So, when our collaborators from Sheffield University, who are supporting coronavirus testing for local Sheffield hospitals, asked for our help procuring these magnetic beads, we were able to supply them with 200 grams. That’s enough for tens of thousands of tests.
Growing food remains an important activity, regardless of the situation the world finds itself in. And farmers, those who work the land tirelessly, are the unseen heroes.
Providing PPE to help medical personnel in Thailand
Syngenta Thailand has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals run by the Ministry of Public Health, the Army, the Ministry of Defense and the Internal Security Operations Command, to protect medical personnel while on duty during the spread of the coronavirus. This equipment will help all personnel to work with confidence, safety and more efficiency.
Working safely when working from BTCC比特币交易信息平台home isn’t possible
Physical distancing by working from BTCC比特币交易信息平台home is one of the measures to lower the risk of infection in the Covid-19 pandemic. However, a large part of our research and development work involves the physical handling of plants and needs to be done in labs, greenhouses and in the field. So we apply precautionary measures when working on-site to keep people safe while maintaining critical work, including personal protective equipment, spacing out people, and radio communications.
Making a contribution to Foodbank Australia
Australian communities have been suffering through a severe drought and devastating bushfires and the recovery will take many years. And now the social and economic impact of Covid-19 puts further pressure on people who need aid the most. The crisis recovery effort has now been given a financial boost with Syngenta’s donation of $100,000 to Foodbank Australia.
Taking the garden to US school kids’ BTCC比特币交易信息平台homes
In many countries, school closures are part of the measures to contain the coronavirus. In the US, our Woodland team in California has partnered with the charity Yolo Farm to Fork to offer “Garden on the Grow” care packages for low-income families. Each box contains plant starts, seeds, pots, soil and care instructions. In a first step, the Woodland team donated 1,400 peat pellets and 500 seed packets. They will continue their support of Yolo Farm to Fork and have proposed a specialized teacher kits to support teachers with engaging distance learning activities.
Adjusting our ways of working in trialing
With travel restrictions due to Covid-19 impacting our vegetable seeds trialing work, the Syngenta team decided to reset their approach to trials, developing digital tools for breeders and trialists to be able to evaluate trials without physically visiting them. One of these tools is a database in which images and videos taken in the field can be stored and tagged with critical information. The team is hosting a series of webinars for breeders to explain the platform and has set up an online team space where they can continue to share ideas, initiatives and experiences.
Providing meals to health-care workers in the Philippines
Because of the overwhelming number of patients at the hospitals in the Philippines due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the health-care workers are working long hours. Often, they don’t have time to prepare their own meals and some do not even go BTCC比特币交易信息平台home to protect their families. Syngenta employees in the Philippines raised funds to provide meals twice a week to health-care workers in three hospitals in the metropolitan area of Manila and one hospital in the province Pangasinan.
Farmers’ Hubs help Kenyan farmers adapt to the pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting agricultural value chains worldwide and thus threatening food security. The many vulnerable populations include smallholders. In Kenya, the onset of Covid-19 coincided with the start of the ‘long rains’, just when farmers were setting out to plant. The Syngenta Foundation’s Farmers’ Hubs play a key role in helping deal with the restrictions necessary to fight the pandemic at this time critical for agriculture.
Read more on the Syngenta Foundation website
Supporting our employees in times of the coronavirus
Since the outbreak Covid-19, we moved to working from BTCC比特币交易信息平台home and introduced measures protecting our employees wherever working from BTCC比特币交易信息平台home was not possible. Throughout the pandemic, we are supporting our employees to deal with the new realities: We have set up employee portals and helplines giving updates on the local coronavirus situation, answering questions on the disease and how to protect yourself, providing tips on how to work from BTCC比特币交易信息平台home effectively and best organize your family life to keep a healthy work-life-balance.
Grow your own vegetables - at BTCC比特币交易信息平台home
With many countries in lockdown mode due to the spread of the coronavirus, people are looking for meaningful ways to spend their unexpectedly spare time. With the northern spring upon us, many would like to connect with nature and one way is to grow some plants on your balcony. At Syngenta, we are passionate about vegetables - and our colleagues are eager to share their knowledge and help others see how simple and accessible it can be.
How can we support farmers during Covid-19?
Alexander Berkovskiy, Syngenta Regional Director Asia-Pacific discusses two ways to build agriculture resilience to help farmers succeed during this challenging time.
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North America team turns to social media to support truck drivers
Truck drivers play a critical role in getting supplies like seeds for planting to farmers on time – and because many places are currently not accessible due to Covid-19 related closings, tips such as where drivers can grab a bite to eat or other essentials have become invaluable. Our North America Logistics team created a new closed Facebook group titled ‘Syngenta Bulk Transportation’, inviting carrier dispatchers, drivers, terminal personnel, and Syngenta personnel to share verified information regarding infrastructure on the road. Other postings include weather updates or requirements at loading terminals.
Working together: providing hand sanitizer to hospitals in Brazil
The hand sanitizer industry is facing a lot of challenges to produce the high volumes needed to meet current demand due to the coronavirus situation. To help reduce the shortage, Syngenta Brazil engaged with a toll manufacturer to fill and package 45,000 dispenser-ready bottles of hand sanitizer. Our logistics partner then contributed by distributing the bottles at no cost to hospitals and clinics across 18 cities in 8 states where we have sites.
Finding new ways to connect with growers in India
Our Vegetable Seeds team in India continues to expand the use of technology to stay connected with growers. The team reacted quickly to the current Covid-19 challenges by developing video content to share information related to our products and hygiene measures while also expressing thanks to growers. The team created more than 1,250 videos highlighting key products for the India region. Zoom, text messaging, social channels and phone calls were all used to stay close to growers.
Helping the UK Government in this testing time
Our Jealott’s Hill site in the UK received a formal request to loan our Kingfisher Flex96 DNA washing equipment to the UK Government to be used in their new testing mega-lab in Milton Keynes. Although most of our employees aren’t working on-site due to precautionary measures during the Covid-19 pandemic, it was decontaminated, prepared for shipping, and all the administration done with Downing Street in just 3 days. The British Army came to collect it and took it straight into service helping meet the challenge of achieving 100,000 tests per day.
Successful start of production in Argentina
Typically, a new product introduction requires production and supply specialists from Syngenta working closely together with our toll manufacturer’s team. With access to tolling installations much restricted due to Covid-19, we looked to alternative ways of working such as video conferencing, mobile phone messaging, photos and videos to successfully manage the start of production and ensure important updates and reviews of progress.
Staying close to US growers in challenging times
Choosing which seeds to plant is a decision based not only on facts but also on trust – trust in the people you meet face-to-face. Going into the spring planting season in the US, our sales representatives and agronomists normally hold face-to-face meetings with growers to cover information on our seeds products and agronomic advice they need to consider before buying. In order to keep people safe in times of the coronavirus pandemic, the team held these meetings online using a video conferencing tool instead. Engaging with growers digitally was new for many, but the attendance and feedback has been very positive, and we’ll be continuing to use online meetings with growers in the future.
Keeping our retailers safe in South Korea
Agriculture has been declared an essential sector of the economy around the world, so food can continue to be grown. Syngenta is helping to keep people working in agriculture safe from the risk of infection with Covid-19. In South Korea, we provided agricultural retailers in the most affected province with 48,000 face masks and 1,000 bottles of hand sanitizers, so growers can visit them safely.
Working onsite in Enkhuizen during Covid-19
Our priority in times of the coronavirus is to protect the health and safety of our people and one of our measures is to work from BTCC比特币交易信息平台home. But not all tasks can be performed from the BTCC比特币交易信息平台home office, our R&D work for instance often requires the specific set-up of a laboratory. Some of our colleagues at the Syngenta Flowers lab in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands, share their experiences of working during this challenging time.
The plant science industry supporting farmers
In the face of the global COVID-19 crisis, we have seen the world come together to protect and sustain its global population. The plant science industry is part of these efforts and is working to keep employees and farmers safe, supporting global public health and critical food security efforts in communities around the world during the this challenging time.
Read more on the CropLife International website
Farmers have been affected in many ways by the coronavirus pandemic. Listen to how farmers in Kenya are working hard despite this new challenge to ensure food security.
Supporting Argentinian science in the fight of Covid-19
When the Covid-19 pandemic began in Argentina, the Syngenta team wanted to support the diagnostic work being carried out by the Malbrán Institute, a reference center for the study of the virus. Our genotyping team donated thermocyclers for the detection of Covid-19, as well as general laboratory equipment.
Helping local communities in the US
Teams at our production sites in the US have worked with local organizations to help meet the escalating needs of the health-care community as the Covid-19 outbreak continues. In Omaha, Nebraska, we have provided containers and our employees have donated their time so that more than 2,000 gallons of hand sanitizer can be packaged and sent to hospitals, first responders, and others during the pandemic. And our Nampa site in Idaho is supporting the Crush The Curve Idaho initiative by donating 6,000 nitrile gloves as well as 80 N95 face masks.
Thailand site delivers hand-made face shields to local hospitals
Thailand has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and, like in so many other countries, demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical staff is outstripping supply. The team at our site in Bangpoo stepped in and made 2,000 face shields. Together with other PPE, they donated them to Ramathibodi Chakri Naruebodindra hospital, Samut Prakan hospital, and Chon Buri hospital located near our site.
Making sure growers in Hungary can plant
Agricultural work cannot be suspended – growers need to plant for the 2020 season regardless of Covid-19. But it’s important to protect both growers and employees at our seeds site in Hungary and prevent the spread of coronavirus. So, only one grower at a time may enter the site, seeds loading and unloading is performed outside the warehouse, and face masks and disposable gloves are mandatory to all entering the warehouse.
Leveraging the creativity of our scientists
Keeping our employees safe is paramount during the coronavirus pandemic. So when at our research and development site in Stein, Switzerland, an order of hands-free door openers was delayed, one of our scientists used a 3D-printer to produce PLA-based hands-free door openers. PLA stands for polylactic acid and is derived from renewable sources, such as corn starch or sugarcane.
Indian agri-entrepreneurs bring relief to locked-down farmers
The Covid-19 pandemic has consequences far beyond viral infection. In many businesses, entire livelihoods are at stake – and smallholders are particularly vulnerable. The lockdown in India adds another burden. Working with the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, over 1,100 trained agri-entrepreneurs are reaching out to farmers on to create awareness on hygiene and sanitation.
Read more on the Syngenta Foundation website
Continued support of health care workers in Europe
Our teams across Europe are doing their part to thank the health care workers for their tireless efforts in time of coronavirus: In the Ukraine, Syngenta gave a donation to a local charity who is purchasing and delivering personal protective equipment to hospitals. Our team in St Pierre la Garenne, France donated 12,000 masks to the Regional Health ity. And our Seeds processing production plant in Mezőtúr, Hungary donated 1,500 masks to a local hospital and ambulance teams.
Experience the latest flower innovations in the US
‘Social distancing’ is the order of the day but our Syngenta Flowers team in the US is breaking new ground with the digital Spring Trials experience. webCAST 2020 is our way of welcoming growers virtually to our facility in California, connecting them to our experts and providing the opportunity to learn about our latest innovations and technical trialing results.
We want to say 'thanks' to all the people who despite the current crisis are working tirelessly to provide healthy and safe food to our communities.
Finding new ways to support growers in Italy
'Social distancing' isn’t stopping our agronomists from helping farmers. In Italy, we're using satellite imagery to continue advising growers how to best protect their crops. Our FarmShots™ solution analyzes satellite and drone imagery. The images help growers quickly and accurately spot any field issues caused by emergence, poor plant nutrition, crop diseases, weeds and environmental damage – allowing them to intervene effectively and protect their crops.
Syngenta India launches helpline to address farmers' concerns
Syngenta India has launched a nationwide toll-free helpline in nine languages to keep farmers informed on social distancing, the use of personal protective equipment and other precautionary measures related to coronavirus. The helpline will also provide farmers with free crop advice and other farming-related information at a time when the farmers are approaching harvest and preparing for the monsoon season.
Raising awareness of hygiene measures in Indonesia and Bangladesh
Syngenta is conducting awareness campaigns amongst farmers and retailers to prevent the spread of Covid-19. In Indonesia, we are providing hand washing facilities at Syngenta retailers, as well as posters outlining how to wash your hands properly in times of coronavirus. In Bangladesh, where internet connectivity can be a challenge, we are sending text messages sharing personal safety and security techniques to growers and channel partners.
Staying up to date in Poland - without leaving your BTCC比特币交易信息平台home
Throughout the season, we invite growers to field demonstration days showing them various stages of crops, making them aware of potential pest pressure and recommending treatments. But currently, measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic include restrictions on travel and gatherings in many countries. So, our Polish colleagues have introduced an online service combining current footage from seven field stations and regular virtual field visits with Syngenta representatives. Our agronomists provide information about the crop protection and fertilization program used and compare the effectiveness of various solutions and their impact on yield.
Even at a time of crisis, flowers spread joy
The global flower industry is one of those hardest hit by coronavirus. There are many growers – and their workers – unsure of their future. Syngenta in The Netherlands, where the floriculture industry is such a huge part of the country’s economy, started the ‘Flowers Feed The Soul’ campaign sending flowers to customers and growers to show that we value and support them, recognize the contribution they make to our lives, and are encouraging them to share their photos on social media. The campaign has been picked up by Syngenta in the UK, for example – where people are still able to get to the supermarket and they’re still selling flowers – encouraging people to pick up a bunch for themselves, a friend or a vulnerable neighbor who would appreciate some joy and color in their BTCC比特币交易信息平台home.
Donating bottles of hand sanitizer to volunteer support services in the UK
During a time of supply shortages, Syngenta Huddersfield in the UK has donated of 500 pint-sized bottles of hand sanitizer to volunteer support services. The bottles will be distributed by community leaders to those most in need. Bottles were also donated to the Covid-19 volunteer response network across Huddersfield, helping with activities such delivering food, topping up meter cards, grocery shopping and dog walking as well as being provided to community services such as Doctor’s surgeries, pharmacies and care BTCC比特币交易信息平台homes.
Let hope bloom in the Netherlands
Dutch rapper Ali B and the floriculture sector will be bringing flowers to around 150,000 elderly people in Dutch nursing BTCC比特币交易信息平台homes on Good Friday, April 10, to help combat loneliness in the elderly together. Syngenta Flowers is proud partner of this colorful industry initiative.
Supporting local communities around the world
Syngenta employees around the world are helping their local communities to fight Covid-19. The team at our research station in Kaha in North Cairo, Egypt, regularly sanitizes our site as well as the neighboring villages. In Pakistan, where day laborers are unable to earn a living due to the lockdown, Syngenta colleagues are preparing food parcels and depositing them outside the affected people's BTCC比特币交易信息平台homes. Many hospitals have been overwhelmed by the pandemic and are facing shortages of much needed equipment. In both Romania and Spain, Syngenta has donated personal protective equipment to health-care workers. And in Argentina, Syngenta donated five ventilators to the Ministry of Health, which will distribute them to hospitals in need.
Virtual field inspections replace farmers field days in the DACH countries
Due to Coronavirus, the annual spring field days with customers have to be cancelled. Syngenta Germany, Austria and Switzerland are now offering farmers the new digital service "virtual field inspections" and advice with the start of the field season. Weekly videos are published on the country’s websites to keep customers up to date with crop protection and crop management recommendations. In Germany, the virtual offer will run until middle of the year in the ten most important growing regions for all main crops.
Ensuring French field trials continue in challenging times
Breeding seeds varieties adapted for local markets and conditions requires running field trials in those markets and under those conditions. In France, we conduct lettuce trials on a grower's farm and a Syngenta breeder regularly visits during the growing period to assess progress. These visits are not currently possible due to the impact of coronavirus. Together, a solution was found: the grower videos the most important plots and gives feedback - including details of the plants such as their root development. This will give our breeder enough information to decide on next season – which plants to remove from the trials now and which to place in the next round of trials.
We’re helping the world’s farmers to grow the food that we all need today & in the future. Erik Fyrwald, Syngenta Group CEO thanks our great teams for the important work that they’re doing all around the world.
China team supports others in fight against coronavirus
Two months ago, when China was facing a severe epidemic situation, Syngenta teams outside China procured 450,000 masks and other anti-epidemic supplies for our Chinese employees, sister enterprises and customers. As COVID-19 has spread rapidly worldwide, many countries and regions are now facing shortages of medical and anti-epidemic supplies. With the local epidemic gradually easing, our Chinese team has been reaching out to other countries and regions, sending around 430,000 face masks to Syngenta sites around the world for anti-epidemic assistance, with another 400,000 planned.
The current crisis reveals the heroes all around us. Heroes who heal, who protect us, and those who feed the world.
Supporting Chinese farmers through online broadcasts
Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, our team in China has not only actively responded to government measures to ensure the safety and health of employees, but has also been active in promoting the safety of our customers. With spring ploughing about to begin, we have launched a series of 'Live Technology Lectures’. Through online broadcasts, technical experts across China will share agricultural knowledge, provide technical services and answer any questions our customers may have.
Africa: a different look at COVID-19
The coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen in many countries, including those with large numbers of smallholder farmers. Simon Winter, Executive Director of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, reflects on the pandemic in the context of agricultural development and global food security.
Read more on the Syngenta Foundation website
Switzerland: Syngenta to supply hand sanitizer
In response to an urgent appeal by Swiss ities, our production site in Monthey has joined forces with Huntsman to produce and donate 50 tons of hand sanitizer to local hospitals and pharmacies.
Choosing to stand together - Letter from the CEO
“This year will surely go down in history, not just for the pandemic, but for the many ways in which people are choosing to stand together.” Erik Fyrwald
Helping Italy to fight coronavirus
Syngenta Italy has joined 'Uniti per la provincia di Cremona', a charity set up to raise money for the hospitals in Cremona, Crema and Casalmaggiore – some of the most coronavirus affected areas in the country. The money raised goes directly to supporting people working in hospitals, including doctors and paramedics, as well as all the many volunteers who support people affected by the virus. So far, more than 1 million Euros has been raised, which has already been allocated to various facilities in the area to help purchase essential machinery and equipment.