Great thinking. good ideas. let’s congratulate these winners.

Grand Prize Winner

The Mama Ada Foundation

Participatory Farming Constraints (PFC) Diagnostic

The goal is simple: help African farmers increase their production. But the challenge is complex. Learn how this idea will create a process nearly any smallholder farmer can follow to improve their operation.

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Anthony Andenoro,
University of Florida

One World

This idea will create an event where students, professionals, policy makers and ag industry experts can collaborate on how to meet the needs of our growing population.

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Tammy Marrs

How To Garden Anywhere

This idea teaches students and residents in various Kansas communities how to grow crops in sustainable gardens.

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Heidi Morgan


This idea certainly does mean what it stands for: a Model for Ensuring an All-inclusive Nutrition System.

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One planet. Six commitments.

This is The Good Growth Plan.

Makes crops more efficient

Make crops more efficient

Increase the average productivity of the world’s major crops by 20% without using more land, water or inputs

Rescue more farmland

Rescue more farmland

Improve the fertility of nearly 25 million acres of farmland on the brink of degradation

Help biodiversity flourish

Help biodiversity flourish

Enhance the biodiversity on more than 12 million acres of farmland

Empower smallholders

Empower smallholders

Reach 20 million smallholders and enable them to increase productivity by 50%

Help people stay safe

Help people stay safe

Train 20 million farm workers on labor safety, especially in developing countries

Look after every worker

Look after every worker

Strive for fair labor conditions throughout our entire supply chain network

To learn more about The Good Growth Plan, go to

Winners will be required to provide a recap (video, presentation or written summary) of their idea plan to Syngenta by August 1, 2015. These recaps will be shared during The Good Growth Plan second anniversary in September 2015.

Syngenta Good Growth Plan Grant Contest
Official Rules



1. Eligibility The Syngenta Good Growth Plan Grant Contest ("Contest") is open to legal residents of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia) and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 years of age or older. Employees of Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC and its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries (collectively, "Sponsor"), and the advertising, fulfillment, legal, judging, administrative, and promotion agencies involved in the administration, development, fulfillment, and execution of this Contest (collectively, "Contest Parties"), and the immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, and spouse or "step" of each) and those living in the same household of each such person (those persons whether related or not who live in the same residence for at least three months during the twelve-month period preceding the start date of the Contest) are not eligible to enter or win a prize.

2. Contest Period Contest entry period begins May 26, 2014 and ends on July 14, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM EDT (the "Contest Period").

3. To Enter Go online to (the "Web Site") during the Contest Period and follow the on-screen directions to complete the entry form and provide a description of an idea that you would like to carry out in 10,000 characters or less ("Entry"). You will also be required to provide a name for your idea, identify the "commitment" your idea addresses and explain why a grant is necessary to bring your idea to life. You will also have the option to upload a detailed plan and other supporting images/documents (16 MB limit). Suggested contents for your idea include:

  1. Description: Describe your idea and how it relates and contributes to one or more of The Good Growth Plan's six commitments (as found on the Web Site home page).
  2. Organizational Structure: Who will be on the team, and for what will each person be responsible?
  3. Beneficiaries: Who is intended to benefit from your idea?
  4. Timeline: Outline the timing for bringing your ideas to life. May include multiple stages.
  5. Impact: What effect will your implemented idea have on others?
  6. Success Indicators: What would success look like for your team as it implements this idea? Include multiple outcomes that you think demonstrate successful implementation of your idea.
  7. Budget: Detail the costs associated with implementing your idea and your plans for any additional funding required (e.g. additional grants, revenue from products or services).

Idea should have no significant potential for negative impact in any of the areas mentioned in The Good Growth Plan commitments. Entrants whose ideas do have significant potential for negative impact and whose ideas can reasonably be expected to harm a group, an individual, or the environment will not be considered, as determined by the Sponsor in their sole discretion

Submission of an Entry grants Sponsor and its agents an unlimited, worldwide, perpetual, license and right to publish, edit, adapt and use the materials submitted in connection with the Entry in any way, in any and all media, without limitation, and without payment or consideration to the entrant. Once submitted, an Entry cannot be deleted, canceled, altered or modified in any way by the Entrant. Automated methods of entry are prohibited and any use of automated devices will cause disqualification. Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. By participating, you agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules and the Sponsor's decisions.

Information submitted in connection with this Contest is governed by Sponsor's Privacy Policy.

4. Entry Requirements/Restrictions By submitting an Entry you warrant and represent that any materials submitted with your Entry: (a) are your original work, (b) have not been previously published by you or any third party, and (c) do not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. All Entries will be reviewed for content eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules before judging occurs. Entries containing inappropriate content, or deemed to be in violation of these Official Rules or to be otherwise infringing, harmful, inappropriate, defamatory, or generally not in keeping with the image of Sponsor, as determined by the Judges or the Sponsor, in their sole discretion, may be disqualified. Entrant acknowledges and agrees that such decisions of Sponsor are final and binding.

5. Winner Selection There will be two rounds of judging. In the First Round of judging, all eligible Entries will be evaluated by a qualified panel of judges based on the following judging criteria:

  • Potential Impact (40%) Idea should address one or more of the six commitments outlined in The Good Growth Plan and will be judged according to the positive contribution it makes to its target commitment(s).
  • Feasibility (40%) Idea should have clearly identified measurable and attainable objectives as well as a plan for reaching those objectives.
  • Originality and creativity (20%) Idea should offer an original solution to an existing or potential problem.

The 25 highest scoring entries will be deemed Finalist entries, assuming at least 25 eligible entries are received. Finalists will be announced on or about August 1, 2014. The Finalist entries will then be judged again by a panel of [external] judges with knowledge of The Good Growth Plan commitments. It will be based on the same criteria stated above to determine the Grand Prize and Runner Up Prize winners. Winners will be announced on September 19, 2014.

6. Prizes One (1) Grand Prize: a grant of $20,000 USD, awarded in the form of a check, to be used to implement the winner’s idea. Three (3) Runner Up Prizes: each a grant of $10,000 USD, awarded in the form of a check, to be used to implement each winner’s idea.

7. Prize Terms/Conditions Prizes are non-transferable. Winners are solely responsible for any taxes on their prize, and may be issued an IRS Form 1099 reporting the value of the prize to the IRS. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of winner. All federal, state, local and provincial laws and regulations apply.

Winners will be required to sign a grant agreement. Each recipient will also be assigned an implementation advisor from sponsor. The sponsor will work with the recipient to work out the details of the idea, an implementation timeline and help ensure deadlines are met.

Winners will be required to provide a recap (video, presentation or written summary) of their idea to Syngenta by August 1, 2015.

8. Winner notification and prize claim Potential winners are subject to verification. Potential winners will be contacted via a traceable method of mail sent to the address provided on or about September 1, 2014. Potential winners will be required to verify their eligibility by completing, signing, and returning a Declaration of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and Grant Agreement within seven (7) days of attempted mail notification. Sponsor is not responsible for any change of mailing address, email address and/or telephone number of entrants. In the event of non-compliance with these Official Rules, or if a prize notification or prize is unclaimed or returned as undeliverable, or is not returned within the specified time, the prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate winner.

9. General Conditions If the Contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason, including without limitation, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, modify, suspend or terminate the Contest. If any provision of these Official Rules is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be struck, and the remaining provisions shall be enforced.

10. Limitations of liability and release No liability or responsibility is assumed by Sponsor or Contest Parties resulting from user's participation in, attempt to participate in, or download of any information in connection with participating in, the Contest. No responsibility or liability is assumed by the Sponsor or Contest Parties for technical problems or technical malfunction, including, without limitation, those arising in connection with any of the following occurrences that may affect the operation of the Contest: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless, or Internet connectivity, or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts, or providers; garbled, jumbled, or faulty data transmissions; failure of any email transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed, or intercepted email transmissions; inaccessibility of the Web Site in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or Web Site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention in the operation of the Contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bug, worm; or destruction of any aspect of the Contest. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of the prize or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Web Site. Use of Web Site is at user’s own risk. Sponsor and the Contest Parties are not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or any other losses of any kind that may be sustained to user's or any other person's computer equipment resulting from participation in the Contest, use of the Web Site or the download of any information from the Web Site, or any other loss related to user's participation in the Contest or receipt of any prize. As a condition of entering, entrants agree (and agree to confirm in writing): (a) to release Sponsor, Contest Parties from any and all liability, loss, or damage incurred with respect to entrant’s participation in the Contest and the awarding, receipt, possession, and/or use or misuse of any prize, including any travel related thereto; (b) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, consequential, or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses; (c) all causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (d) any and all claims, judgments, and award shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, excluding attorneys’ fees and court costs. PLEASE NOTE: If you are entering as an authorized representative of a business or company, it is your sole responsibility to review and understand your employer’s policies regarding your eligibility to participate. Sponsor disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between an employee and his/her employer related to participation in this Contest and/or acceptance of a prize.

11. Publicity Except where prohibited by law, by accepting a prize, winner grants permission for Sponsor and those acting under its authority to use their name, and address (city, state, province), photograph, voice and/or likeness, for advertising and/or publicity purposes, in any and all media (including posting on Web Site) now known or hereinafter invented without territorial or time limitations and without further notice to and without additional compensation.

12. Governing Law & Jurisdiction This Contest is governed by the laws of the United States (for US residents) and by the laws of Canada (for Canadian residents). By entering, you agree that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of State of North Carolina, USA, (for US residents) and the laws of the Province of Ontario, Canada (for Canadian residents) without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. By entering, you consent to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state, provincial and local courts located in Greensboro, North Carolina (for US residents) and Toronto, Ontario (for Canadian residents) for the resolution of all disputes, and agree that any and all disputes shall be resolved exclusively in those courts.

13. Sponsor Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC, PO Box 18300, Greensboro, NC 27419.