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Syngenta Connections Program

Connections

Syngenta Connections Program

A Partnership between Syngenta, Rimfire Resources/GradLink & USAID/Winrock International

Syngenta is one of the world’s leading companies with employees in over 90 countries and their Crop Protection and Seeds products help growers globally increase crop yields and productivity, and makes a direct contribution in helping farmers face current agricultural challenges.

Rimfire Resources and GradLink is proud to work with Syngenta on their Connections program, in bringing regions, knowledge and skills together to address key regional challenges.  This is achieved through facilitating direct exchange programs for students and organisations, providing exposure to different agricultural systems, crops, research and academic systems.

Syngenta Connections has now partnered with USAID and Winrock International, the implementing organisation of their Feed the Future Program. 

The Connections program was launched in 2011 with tours organised to India, Indonesia (twice), China, the Philippines and northern Vietnam.

Last year’s Vietnam trip saw 10 Australian students, along with students from 5 Asian countries and Vietnamese students, visit local farmer cooperatives, talking to farmers to identify the constraints of small holder farmers, with a focus on food security and the role of technology.

This year Connections will be travelling to southern Vietnam in July, again with a mix of Australian and Asian students from different countries.  Not only is it a great learning experience in current agricultural challenges in developing countries, but it is an amazing cultural exchange between students.

Applications are now called for the Connections program in 2017, open to students in 2nd year and above, who are undertaking agriculturally-focused degrees.  Preference will be given to students studying agricultural science, agricultural technology, sustainable agriculture or similar degrees.  Students studying a mainstream degree (science, commerce, international business etc), and with a strong agricultural background and desire to develop their career in agriculture, are also invited to apply.

It will be a two week trip in July with dates still to be finalised.  The trip is primarily funded by Syngenta, however, there is a student contribution of $2,000, paid prior to leaving for Vietnam.  You will require a passport valid for at least six months after your return, and you must also be eligible for a visa to Vietnam.  All travel arrangements will be made for you.

 

To apply, please forward your resume with an application letter to connections@gradlinkprogram.com.au by Monday 27 March and we will then be back in contact with you for the next stage of the application process.