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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 »

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AATF Celebrates a Decade of Innovation for African Agriculture Featured Article

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 »

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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 »

Invest an Acre Featured Article

Rural hunger in America is a serious problem. In fact, one in six Americans will face hunger-related issues. Monsanto has joined with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Feeding America to do something about it.

The Invest an Acre program encourages farmers to donate the proceeds of one or more acres of crops to help feed hungry families in their community. Proceeds from just one acre of crops can provide thousands of healthy meals to these families within their community.

Farmers bring their crops to a local ADM elevator and tell the operator they’d like to … 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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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 »