The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and its partners are celebrating 10 years of the development and use of innovative technologies for agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. Some 14.5 million smallholder farmers will be helped when the technologies are ultimately implemented.
Monsanto works with the AATF on the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and USAID.WEMA was created to enhance food security in sub-Saharan Africa by developing and deploying more drought-tolerant maize varieties, provided royalty-free.
The AATF has created this video summarizing what’s … Full Article »
A family gives thanks at the dinner table. A preschooler selects her favorite green crayon. A boy and his friends watch an action flick with a big bowl of popcorn. All of these are treasured moments, but did you know all of these special memories actually began with a farmer?
These are not only moments we can all relate to, but they also highlight the values shared between farmers and consumers. We took the idea of these shared moments and made it core of the next evolution of Monsanto’s “America’s Farmers” advocacy program.
The new program, called “Begins with a … Full Article »
Farming is hard work. It always has been. No one understands that more than those giving their all, sunrise to sunset, cultivating the land. These days, farmers face a vast new set of challenges when it comes to meeting the demands of our world. Driven by new technologies and scientific advancements, farmers are meeting today’s demand, but are looking to the next generation for new ideas, enthusiasm and energy.
Every year, about 25,000 agricultural jobs go unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants. The agriculture industry needs talented, driven and passionate young people willing to make a commitment to … Full Article »
By Nancy Vosnidou
“M-o-o-o-o-m! LOOK!” My 9-year-old was horrified, gasping as she pointed a shaky finger at the ear of corn in my hands. We were harvesting sweet corn (if picking ears off of 24 plants can be called harvesting), the result of our garden experiment this year.
I had spaced the plants too far apart for a good canopy to be effective, and had been a little too generous with the fertilizer, so weeds had taken over despite my efforts to pull them weekly (usually right after morning swim lessons and just before the 4-year-old’s nap. Typical … Full Article »
By Jonathan Mein
We all know that we should eat more fruits and vegetables, but not many people get to advance that cause as a career. As a Nutrition Scientist in our global vegetable division, I’m one of the lucky few.
The reality is that most of us don’t eat as much fruit and vegetables as we should. That is where the cool part of my job begins. I get to think about and address the challenges we face in providing consumers with safe, nutritious and, most importantly, delicious vegetables.
Most people don’t even realize that Monsanto has … Full Article »
By Lauren S.
I believe in the future of agriculture with a faith born not of words, but of deeds.
Growing up on a hog farm, I learned the value of hard work at a young age. Some of my earliest memories include feeding hogs, riding in the combine with my grandpa, showing livestock and participating in our local 4-H club. While I discovered my love for agriculture in small-town Southern Illinois, I didn’t truly understand how much my passion could impact the industry until I joined FFA.
I’ll never forget when my dad told me I had to … Full Article »
As farmers, scientists, students and educators have been meeting in Des Moines for the annual Borlaug Dialogue and celebration of the 2013 World Food Prize, we asked 2013 World Food Prize laureate and Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Robert Fraley for his thoughts on the event and the role of innovation in helping to feed a growing population.
Q: How do you feel about this year’s World Food Prize recognition of biotechnology?
A: I think it’s an important recognition of the value and importance of biotechnology, which is a safe and a very important tool as we collectively seek to address … Full Article »
Would critics of biotechnology really want to bar life-changing and lifesaving agricultural innovations from those who need them the most? Julie Borlaug doesn’t think so.
The associate director of external relations at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University – and granddaughter of Dr. Norman Borlaug – made a compelling and personal case for biotechnology and its role in fighting world hunger in this Des Moines (Iowa) Register opinion article.
Borlaug maintains that biotechnology advocates, including her grandfather, “were unfortunately a lot better at doing science than communicating about it.” She advocates streamlining of the discussion … Full Article »
By Dr. Margaret Zeigler
Global Harvest Initiative
Today, October 16, the Global Harvest Initiative released our 2013 GAP Report® at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa. The African presence at the World Food Prize is always significant. Dignitaries, farmers, agricultural experts, and international development professionals, among many others, travel to Des Moines from far and wide to learn and to meet new people that share their vision to improve global food and nutrition security.
It is always great to be a part of the World Food Prize and to experience first-hand the collective power of people around … Full Article »
By Robert Fraley
Chief Technology Officer
I was invigorated after speaking with more than 500 students and educators at Iowa State University last evening at the annual Norman Borlaug Lecture. It was an opportunity for my fellow World Food Prize laureates and me to share some thoughts on the future of innovation in agriculture, but just as much a chance to see and hear what these students see as future needs and research opportunities.
Today’s students are, after all, the people who will be living with 2.4 billion more people than we share the planet with today. They’ll be … Full Article »