When it comes to progress for smallholder farmers in developing countries, it's time to plan ahead and get practical instead of being patronizing, according to Paul Castle, communications manager at the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, in this exclusive guest column.

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  • Paul Castle

    Paul Castle is communications manager at the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, based in Basel, Switzerland. Between careers in healthcare and agribusiness, Paul worked as a journalist and translator. 30 years after graduating from Oxford, he completed a certificate in African Studies at Basel University, specializing in radio extension for smallholders in minority languages. Paul is trustee of a children's cancer foundation and an international rowing commentator.