By Brian Russell
Monsanto Public Affairs
On March 1, 1963, Monsanto opened its first facility in Brazil. Over the past 50 years, Monsanto’s presence in the country has been marked by research, technological innovation and the development of agriculture, including an improvement in the quality of life for farmers and the people of Brazil.
Monsanto Brazil’s 6,000 employees and contractors will mark the start of a year-long period of celebration with special events across the company’s 36 sites.
“We want our employees and contractors to celebrate with one another and reflect both on what Monsanto has done for agriculture in Brazil over the past 50 years and what we can do in the next 50 years and beyond,” said Geraldo Magella, public affairs senior manager in Brazil.
Monsanto has helped Brazil grow from a net importer of staple crops to one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of food.
“Today, we are able to supply the domestic market and help feed the growing population worldwide,” said Rodrigo Santos, Brazil country lead, in a letter to all Monsanto Brazil employees and contractors. “None of this would have been possible without biotechnology and the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices, combined with the dedication and professionalism of the Brazilian farmers.”
Monsanto Brazil’s web site (in Portuguese)
A timeline of Monsanto Brazil’s history (in Portuguese).