Smallholder Farmers

Collaboration in Value-Chain Partnerships

Farmers in field

As no one can overcome every challenge alone, we establish crop value-chain partnerships to provide smallholder farmers with high-quality inputs, agronomic knowledge, cost-effective financing and risk mitigation solutions, as well as market access to sell their products. These include collaborations with government research institutes, NGOs and international financial institutions. We have already forged a number of key partnerships.

In Southeast Mexico and Central America, we are successfully running an innovative business model with livestock farmers. We engage with more than 52,000 small-scale ranchers and support them in the production of over 125,000 hectares corn silage to secure feed supply, especially during the dry season. Having corn silage to feed their animals when the grass is scarce helps the small producers to reduce the cost of feeding, increases milk production as well as quality and improves the general health of their heard.

We are also creating alliances with the milk-processors industry to secure finance access and the right technical assistance for this farmer segment. We plan to leverage this approach to other countries and regions to embrace new customer segments in smallholder geographies.


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Better Life Farming is a long-term partnership between Bayer, the International Finance Corporation (IFC, part of the World Bank), Netafim and more than 25 local public and private partners as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This partnership helps smallholder farmers make their farms commercially profitable and sustainable.

Within the partners’ network, the Better Life Farming centers improve access to agricultural products in remote rural regions through the so-called last-mile delivery model. They also offer access to agricultural education and consulting, adapted farming solutions, financing, market access and fair prices. We are also rolling out special approaches for the advancement of women such as the targeted development of women as agricultural entrepreneurs.

In 2023, we increased the number of Better Life Farming centers in India, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Honduras to more than 2,700 and launched in Tanzania and Côte d’Ivoire. We are planning to further grow in these regions.

Better Life Farming was honored for its exemplary stakeholder engagement by the International Public Private Partnership Forum of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) at its Build Back Better Infrastructure Awards 2021.


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Alan Johnson
Building resilient food value chains to support smallholder farmers requires long-term commitment and strong partnerships. The Better Life Farming Alliance is demonstrating how such partnerships are able to bring true value to farmers and their communities. We are committed to continuing to work with Bayer and our partners to further expand the Alliance and scale it from thousands to millions of farmers.
Alan Johnson
IFC, Lead Smallholder Supply Chains, Agribusiness Advisory