Guelph, Ontario, Canada
4-H Canada and Syngenta Canada Inc. are pleased to announce the continuation of their successful partnership, with Syngenta as the lead partner of programming within 4-H Canada's Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security leadership development pillar over the next two years.
4-H Canada's programming within the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security pillar empowers 4-H members to learn about sustainable farming practices and their impact, understand issues of food security at home and around the world, explore education and career choices in the agriculture sector, and meaningfully contribute to important global conversations, such as how to advance the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) .
"At Syngenta, our ambition is to help safely feed the world and take care of our planet, which is at the core of 4-H Canada's Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security pillar," explains Syngenta Canada President Trevor Heck. "To achieve the United Nations' SDGs, we need new ways of thinking, fresh approaches and a step-up in collaboration, which is what this partnership with 4-H and the involvement of these future industry leaders will bring."
The renewed investment by Syngenta will see the continuation of the popular Proud to Bee a 4-H'er and Steeped in Soil programs, as well as the creation of a new soil health and climate change club outreach initiative in 2021. This is another step 4-H is taking towards advancing the SDGs and creating opportunities for youth to act and be engaged in addressing these global goals. The Syngenta investment will also support provincial 4-H programming.
"Our continued partnership with Syngenta Canada is a testament to our successful work in building youth leaders with the passion and skills to create sustainable change," says Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada CEO. "With Syngenta's support, 4-H will continue to grow opportunities for youth to access high-quality hands-on programming relevant to their interests and the concerns of their generation as global citizens focus on a sustainable future ."
The renewal of 4-H Canada 's long-standing partnership with Syngenta builds on the collaboration of national programming that has supported youth in creating profound impacts in communities across Canada . Through Syngenta 's support of Proud to Bee a 4-H'er since 2014, and Steeped in Soil since 2018, 4-H clubs have taken part in experiential learning initiatives that educate their peers and their communities about the importance of pollinators and soil health. Over 23,000 4-H youth have taken part in these initiatives to date.