Four projects in India are highlighted in the newly published Monsanto Fund report for 2010-2011.
Dateline India: Enhance Agricultural Productivity
With the help of the Monsanto Fund, a five-year project is underway to improve the incomes of 3,000 poor families in Kalahandi district, through integrated natural resource development (INRD), improved farming systems and better market linkages.
The program, which began in October 2011, identified women from target families and organized them into self help groups. These women learn sustainable agriculture practices — maximizing return without depleting resources — through integrated land and water resource development education. This teaches the … Full Article »
Child labor in India is a significant challenge in rural areas in agriculture. Our business model for growing seeds in India involves contracting with individual small growers, either directly or through an agent known as a Seed Coordinator. In 2005, with the acquisition of Emergent Genetics, we became aware that children were often found working in hybrid cottonseed production. We immediately moved to develop an education and monitoring program for our Seed Coordinators and farmers.
The education process has many facets which have evolved over the years. The main tool currently in use is our Business Partner Guidebook, available … Full 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 »