Bayer to provide crop relief to 2M farmers amid COVID-19
German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company Bayer is targeting to provide crop relief to around two million small farmers across the world, including the Philippines, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement, Bayer said that as part of its societal engagement activities and through its new “Better Farms, Better Lives” initiative, it is providing seeds and crop protection inputs as well as assistance with market access and support for health and safety needs to farmers.
“Better Farms, Better Lives” is in line with Bayer’s overall aspiration to help build a world where there is Health for All, Hunger for None.
The initiative focuses on providing smallholder farmers with the assistance needed to address the additional challenges they may be facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Smallholder farmers are essential to providing food security to billions of people, but the on-going COVID pandemic is placing extra challenges on their ability to produce food for their communities and beyond,” said Liam Condon, President of Bayer’s Crop Science Division.
“In this critical time, our hope is that our Better Farms, Better Lives initiative, additional support and partnerships with local and global NGOs will not only result in resiliency for smallholders but will also ensure this current health and economic crisis does not turn into a hunger crisis,” he added.
In the Philippines, Bayer has been supporting Filipino farmers through its Bayer Agricademy program. Since its launch in 2018, Bayer has guided more than 60,000 rice farmers to increase their yields ranging from 50 to 130 percent.
It plans to scale up the program to directly assist at least 100,000 rice and corn farmers by 2021. It intends to partner with the Department of Agriculture and local stakeholders for this.