Belgian-Brazilian brewing firm Anheuser-Busch InBev has entered into a partnership with Syngenta for the sourcing of quality malting barley, which is used in beer production.

Under the partnership, growers will be offered with Syngenta’s malting barley varieties, and they will be trained and advised on agronomy and sustainable farming practices.

The phase I of the partnership will see 160 growers cultivating malting barley on an area spanning 14,000 hectares in Argentina.

Syngenta chief operating officer John Atkin said, "Growers will be able to consistently achieve higher yields of top-quality malting barley, which will increase their incomes and help Anheuser-Busch InBev meet growing demand for its products."

The quality grain yielded will be supplied to Anheuser-Busch, in order to meet the increasing standards for beer production.

Commenting on the partnership, Anheuser-Busch InBev chief procurement officer Tony Milikin said, "We wish to keep barley relevant and interesting for growers by helping them develop their business in a qualitative, sustainable and profitable way."

Additionally, the companies plan to expand the sourcing initiative to other markets, in order to increase value for growers.

Anheuser-Busch invests in the development of improved varieties while providing growers with access to quality seeds, advanced technology and expert advice from skilled agronomists.