Green Chili Project,
Uttar Pradesh, India

Tomato Project,
Jharkand, India

Rice Project,
South East Asia

Rice Project, The
Philippines, South
East Asia

Rice Project, Thailand,
South East Asia

Rice Project, Vietnam,
South East Asia

Coffee Project,
Vietnam, South
East Asia

Africa, Pilots

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. Together with many local partners we 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.

While smallholders grow 80% of the food consumed in developing countries, they often face challenges in reaching their full potential productivity. A little support here can have a big impact for this vital group of farmers. Our projects aim to increase the productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers by providing training, access to resources and markets and partnering with public, private and local organizations. Increased production and productivity lead to higher income, more meals per day, new homes, and better education and health for families.

We work to empower smallholder farmers to become self-sufficient. Together with public, private and local partners we provide solutions that meet the needs across the entire value chain to help increase productivity and make farming a reliable and attractive business that leads to a stable income and in turn to a better life. They have the free choice to join our programs and they can leave them at any time.

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Our Projects
Green Chili Project, Uttar Pradesh
India is known around the world for its green chili, most of which is grown on smallholder farms and then sold to local, national and even global markets. But despite the global distribution of this chili, the smallholders who produce it face several barriers to earning a sufficient income.

“The Better Life Farming alliance taught me about the latest technology in crop protection and seeds, as well as nutrient management. I have been able to double my yield and triple my profitability. I can pay for the education of my two daughters and expand my farmland. I want to buy two hectares of land and provide people from my village with new jobs,” says 53-year-old ‘Pappu’ (Rajesh Kumar Singh). Compared to farmers with more financial and material resources, smallholders like Singh are at higher risk of insufficient yields, or in worst case scenarios a total loss of their crop. Smallholders are also increasingly at risk due to the impacts of climate change since they are vulnerable to worsening climate shocks such as drought, flooding and other natural disasters.

Project Start: June, 2016

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  • 1,600 chili farmers
  • 1,050 hectares farmed
  • 176% increase in market price revenue
  • 103% incremental yield
Tomato, Jharkhand
India is the third largest producer of tomatoes in the world, producing 10.4% of the world’s tomatoes. The Better Life Farming alliance identified the areas of Ranchi & Hazaribag in Jharkhand, a state in eastern India, as areas where tomato farmers face several limitations in gaining increased yield and income. The perseveration of tomatoes is a huge issue in India because of the lack of cold storage facilities.

Better Life Farming in conjunction with local partners, such as BigBasket, helps to unlock the full potential of the smallholders in Jharkhand. In 2018 Better Life Farming launched an agri-entrepreneur concept, enabling local farmers to become entrepreneurs and increase their income opportunities.

Project Start: June, 2017

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  • 510 tomato farmers
  • 500 hectares farmed
  • 100% incremental yield
Local partners:
  • DeHaat
  • YARA
  • BigBasket
Rice, South East Asia
Rice is a staple food for more than half of the world's population. By 2050, the demand for rice will be double what the world is producing today. More than 90% of the world's rice supply is produced in Asia by predominantly smallholder farmers. For these smallholders, rice is not just food; it is also their main source of livelihood. Since starting rice projects with smallholders in Asia in May 2017, Better Life Farming has seen great results in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Better Life Farming has been able to improve yield and net income for smallholder farmers relative to current farming practices in the specific regions. Sharing his experiences, Henry Cambangay, a smallholder rice farmer from Bohol, in the Philippines, says: "One challenge that I had in my field is the damage brought about by pests and the changing weather brought about by climate change. I would like to thank Better Life Farming who helped the small farmers here in Bohol."

Project Start: May, 2017

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  • 9,851 rice farmers
  • 11,413 hectares farmed
  • 4 countries: Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines, Vietnam
  • 73% net income increase (Banten, Indonesia)
  • 57% incremental yield (Bohol region, The Philippines)
  • 170% net income increase (Bohol region, The Philippines)
Local partners:
  • TDI
  • BNI Bank
  • YARA
  • Minh Tam
  • SATI
  • Cropital
  • Medco
  • EBR Rice Mill
  • Vinafood
  • Trung An Vietnam
  • Rung-anun
Coffee Project, Vietnam
Since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976 the country inspires millions of tourists from around the world every year not only with its natural beauty and rich culture, but also with its authentic Vietnamese coffee. Vietnamese coffee is well-regarded around the globe but few realize its importance to smallholders. More than just a delight, Vietnamese coffee beans are also the main source of livelihood for local coffee growers and their families. Vietnam is the second biggest exporter of coffee in term of value, globally, and 80% of Vietnam coffee growers are smallholder farmers.

“My family has been growing coffee for several generations. Although the field is small, it is the source of living for our whole family. Similar to other smallholders, we found it difficult to grow coffee”, says farmer Tran Van Manh. Better Life Farming works with smallholders such as Tran Van Manh and his wife, Thi Que Tran, to strengthen their family farm and improve their livelihoods.

Project Start: April, 2018

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  • 190 coffee farmers
  • 300 hectares farmed
  • 33% incremental yield in LacDuong district
  • 29% incremental yield in Di Linh district
Local partners:
  • Baconco
  • Khang Thinh
  • YARA
  • ECOM
  • ACOM
Africa, Pilots
Several pilots in Kenya and other African countries have been initiated to evaluate the positive impact and scalability with very promising results so far. We expect to be able to further generate success with farmers and partners to be able to launch Better Life Farming in Africa soon.
Better Life Farming - Smallholder Aspirations
See how Better Life Farming is able to improve the livelihoods of smallholders

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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.

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

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.

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