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Who We Are

Better Life Farming, a long-term partnership of Bayer, IFC (International Finance Corporation), Netafim and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, aims at enabling smallholders to unlock their farming potential.  With our joint forces we want to assist smallholder farmers to grow their farms into commercially viable and sustainable farming businesses. This will encourage financial security, increase know-how and create a meaningful impact in their lives.

Better Life Farming – Smallholder Farmers Share their Aspirations
2:18 Min.

Partners

Our founding partners are committed to innovation, sustainability and social responsibility, partnering for a better life for smallholders, their families and their local communities:

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to benefit people by supporting efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development, and the Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2018, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of 39.6 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.6 billion euros, R&D expenses to 5.2 billion euros. For more information, go to www.bayer.com

» www.bayer.com
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, we delivered a record $19.3 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to help end poverty and boost shared prosperity.

» www.ifc.org
Netafim is the global leader in precision irrigation for a sustainable future. With 29 subsidiaries, 17 manufacturing plants and 4,500 employees worldwide, Netafim delivers innovative, tailor-made solutions to millions of farmers, from smallholders to large-scale agricultural producers, in over 110 countries. Founded in 1965, Netafim pioneered the drip revolution, creating a paradigm shift toward precision irrigation. Today, Netafim provides diverse precision irrigation solutions for agriculture, greenhouses, landscaping and mining, accompanied by expert agronomic, technical and operational support. Netafim is also leading the way in digital farming for irrigation, integrating monitoring, analysis and automation into one state-of-the-art system. Specializing in end-to-end solutions from the water source to the root zone, Netafim delivers turnkey irrigation and greenhouse projects, supported by engineering, project management and financing services. See how Netafim’s solutions are changing the economics of agriculture and helping the world grow more with less at www.netafim.com.

» www.netafim.com
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions provides risk transfer solutions to large and mid-sized corporations around the world. Its innovative, highly customized products and standard insurance covers help to make businesses more resilient, while its industry-leading claims service provides additional peace of mind. Our Food and Agriculture Business team provides a comprehensive array of innovative risk transfer solutions like crop shortfall covers, weather index, and revenue hedges, to clients along the agricultural supply chain. We also serve farmers directly through corporate agribusinesses and other distribution partners. Swiss Re Corporate Solutions serves clients from over 50 offices worldwide and is backed by the financial strength of the Swiss Re Group.

» corporatesolutions.swissre.com

At Better Life Farming we work with an ever-growing number of local partners to offer holistic solutions tailored to the specific local and cultural needs of smallholder farmers. We welcome new local and global partners who would like to work with us to address smallholder farmers’ needs at every step of the value chain. If you are interested in joining us to enable smallholders to produce higher quality crops, generate higher incomes, and make farming attractive for future generations please contact us.

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