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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 »

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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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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 »

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Water for Food Conference: Go Big or Go Home Featured Article

By Melinda
Online Team

Early this morning, Roberto Lenton, Founding Executive Director of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska welcomed a large audience to the Water for Food 2013 Global Conference in Lincoln, Neb.  We didn’t waste any time getting down to business, either.

Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, moderated an impressive panel of international water expertise: (Paul Hicks, Catholic Relief Services, Latin America and the Caribbean Region; Aditi Mukherji, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal; Karen Villholth, International Full Article »

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Too Hot, Too Wet, Too Dry Featured Article

By Melinda
Online Team

I’m visiting Lincoln, Neb., for the first time ever next week to attend the 2013 Water for Food Global Conference, “Too Hot, Too Wet, Too Dry: Building Resilient Agroecosystems,” on May 5-8 at the Cornhusker Marriott.

I’m actually really excited to be attending.  Maybe “too” excited? I have my agenda of speakers scheduled out like I would for the musicians’ sets at a music festival. I even rented a professional camera.  And, above all, I’m already packed, which is an impressive time frame for me when it comes to work trips and my previous fire-drill approach.

My … Full Article »

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WEMA Partnership Celebrates 5th Anniversary Featured Article

By Mark Edge
Monsanto WEMA Project Lead

Maize continues to be the most widely grown staple crop in Africa, with more than 300 million people depending on it as their main food source.

Maize farming in Africa, however, is not without its risks – especially for millions of smallholder farmers who have limited resources and technologies to take on agricultural challenges presented by droughts and insect pests. Food security is constantly at risk with the potential of maize production ending with low yields or even crop failures, which contribute to hunger and poverty. Fortunately, Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA)Full Article »