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Beyond the Rows is a Monsanto Company blog focused on one of the world’s most important industries, agriculture. Monsanto employees write about Monsanto’s business, the agriculture industry, and the farmer.
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Combating Hunger is Common Ground for Mothers Worldwide Featured Article

By Natalie Rosenbloom
Sustainability and Partnerships

As a mother, nothing is more important to me than the health and safety of my children.  I believe that no matter where we come from, no matter what our means, every mother around the world shares a common bond: the need to provide our children with nutritious food.

Fulfilling this fundamental need can bring different challenges in different parts of the world.  In developed countries, it can often boil down to affordability, having the means to provide healthy, well-rounded meals.  In developing countries like those in Sub-Saharan Africa, it can all depend on … Full Article »

The Economist’s Feeding the World 2014 Conference Featured Article

Photography by @JeffSimmons2050

Today, The Economist Magazine is hosting Feeding the World 2014 in London, “to discuss how to accelerate progress in coordinating efforts to tackle the planet’s food security crisis.” Representatives of industry, government, charitable organizations, academia and aid agencies gathered to discuss an array of issues related to food security. Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant was one of the conference participants and speakers, being interviewed on stage by The Economist’s Emma Duncan.

As most conferences are these days, the event is being livetweeted. We captured a few of the tweets by Grant and others, to provide a glimpse into … Full Article »

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BT Cotton Wins Fans in West Africa Featured Article

Burkina Faso in West Africa has had a tremendous success with Bt cotton. Yields and farmers’ incomes have risen, chemical use is down, and cotton and cottonseed oil have become major exports. Burkina’s neighbors are beginning to take note.

In December, delegations from neighboring Benin and Togo visited Burkina at the invitation of the biosecurity experts network of NEPAD, the New Partnership for African Development. Participants included farmers, government officials, members of parliament, and textile industry representatives. Their mission: see first hand the impact of Bt cotton in Burkina Faso as a first step towards the eventual adoption of policies … Full Article »

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WEMA Project Partners Honored with ND-GAIN Corporate Adaptation Award Featured Article

By Jesus Madrazo
Vice President, Corporate Engagement

Improving lives of resource-poor farmers is one of Monsanto’s commitments to agriculture. Six years ago, with that commitment in mind, we partnered with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (or AATF) on the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project to share pest-resistant and drought-tolerant maize seed varieties with Sub-Saharan African farmers.

Along with the AATF, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and five National Agricultural Research Systems Sub-Saharan Africa have joined us in … Full Article »

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Seeds for Survival Featured Article

By Mark Edge
Partnerships Team

In Africa, food is scarce and smallholder farmers, most of them women with very limited resources, struggle each year to harvest crops to feed their families. Africa is prone to drought, so year after year these farmers don’t know if their crops will survive or if their families will have enough to eat.

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), a nonprofit that partners with public and private organizations to put advanced resources and tools into the hands of farmers in Africa, reached out to us six years ago on a new initiative. Called Water Efficient Full Article »

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Transferring Knowledge to the Developing World Featured Article

Our experience with innovation from working on our core crops of corn, cotton, canola and soy have applications that can be transferred to address critical food sources in other parts of the world, especially Africa. Our people have shared technology across multiple crops and countries along with expert technical advice. We have also partnered with public research centers to help improve yields and pest resistance of staple crops that are critical for certain areas of Africa.

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Cassava is one of the most important staple food crops for more than 200 million sub-Saharan Africans. In the East African … Full Article »

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Partnering for African Agriculture Featured Article

Understanding the severity of the challenges that smallholder farmers face, Monsanto and our partners are working with African NGOs, scientists and governments to support African smallholder farmers.

Three-quarters of the world’s most severe droughts over the past 10 years have occurred in Africa. These droughts make farming risky for millions of smallholder farmers, most of whom are women. Corn or maize is the most widely grown staple crop in Africa – more than 300 million Africans depend on it as their main food source. Maize production is severely affected by drought, which can lead to unpredictable and low yields, and at … Full Article »

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Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Featured Article

What if we could stop using Africa as an example of food scarcity and a non-existent agriculture infrastructure? This question is at the heart of our commitment to Africa.  That’s why Monsanto has been working to develop new technologies and seed that will help African farmers manage risk and ensure a more secure food supply.

The current food supply crisis in Africa has been well documented. But forecasters see something even more troubling on the horizon. As the population increases and climate change becomes a greater factor in food security, risk of hunger could increase up to 20 percent by … Full Article »

World Economic Forum’s (WEF) “New Vision for Agriculture” Featured Article

Monsanto’s executive leadership played an active role in the inception and development of the World Economic Forum (WEF) “New Vision for Agriculture.” Today, 26 leading partner companies, representing the full food value chain, are working to build a framework for advancing global agriculture over the course of the next several decades. 

The Vision they share focuses on three critical goals: 

1.      To meet nutritional demands while providing affordable choices across the food value chain.

2.      To conserve or enhance the quality and quantity of natural resources and meet the challenges of changing climate.

3.      To drive … Full Article »

Continued Progress in Human Rights Policy Implementation Featured Article

Producing seeds in more than 40 countries gives us the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of a significant number of agricultural workers. To guide our actions, Monsanto adopted our Human Rights Policy in 2006, and began a program to improve the lives of workers in our seed production supply chain, whether they are at our owned facilities or are working for a third party. 

The policy includes commitments on child labor, forced labor, compensation, working hours, harassment and violence, discrimination, freedom of association, occupational safety and legal compliance. We operate on a continuous improvement approach in … Full Article »