Fair Planet

Capacity building

Fair Planet is a non-profit organization with a mission to increase food security and provide new economic opportunities to smallholder farmers in developing countries, through access to high-quality seed varieties and training for improved farming practices.

Fair Planet collaborates with leading seed companies, specifically Syngenta, Limagrain, Enza Zaden, Bayer and East-West Seed, in Ethiopia.  Since 2012, Fair Planet has established three training centres in the main agro-climatic regions of Ethiopia and identified vegetable varieties that significantly increase crop productivity, quality, and marketability. 

Together with Haramaya University and the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture, they have developed a unique extension model that has trained hundreds of Lead Farmers annually on how to improve their productivity, with minimal changes to their traditional production practices.  

Many of the farmers have doubled their annual income from their small plots in only one production season. Technology transfer and capacity building of local experts and trainers is a key part of the programme and the local teams continue training the farmers to implement better production practices. The farmers have gradually shifted from subsistence farming to an agribusiness mode of operation. They benefit from sustainable economic growth and their families benefit from increased income, allowing better education for their kids and a better future for the next generations.

The Fair Planet initiative helps develop a vital agriculture business economy in rural areas of Africa and provides interesting and profitable work for young people looking for better opportunities in their own country. Fair Planet is seeking partners who are willing to join this successful and exciting initiative and who can support its efforts in helping millions of farmers in need, in as many countries as possible.

Key facts:

  • Farmers’ yields have increased dramatically: 4 times greater in tomato, and 8 times greater in hot pepper.
  • More than 16,000 smallholder farmers in the project regions have increased food production and received better nutrition due to better seeds and improved farming practices, and the goal is to reach 50,000 farmers.

Contact regarding Bayer activities within Fair Planet:

Holger Elfes: holger.elfes@bayer.com

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