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Monsanto Fund support in the field for Community Growing Project program.  From left: Bernie Brandt, Mark Reimer, Harold Penner, and Trish Jordan

Collaborating with others to fight global hunger Featured Article

By Trish Jordan
Monsanto Canada

One of the things I really love about my job is the opportunity it provides to build relationships with farmers and collaborate with external stakeholders to reach common goals.

Monsanto Canada engages in many partnerships – both in our day-to-day business activities and through our corporate engagement in the community.   This week on a farm visit to rural Manitoba, I was reminded how fortunate I am to witness the benefit of partnering with others to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

Farmers and Foodgrains Bank thank Monsanto Canada and Monsanto Fund. From left: Mark

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Australia Cotton communities set to receive $150,000 in grants Featured Article

Cotton growers across New South Wales and Queensland in Australia have the opportunity to direct philanthropic investment to their local community groups, thanks to a new initiative from the Monsanto Fund in partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR).

The Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants program will allow cotton farmers to nominate a local not-for-profit group or charity they believe deserves one of thirty $5,000 grants that are available across cotton growing regions in Queensland and New South Wales.

Alexandra Gartmann, FRRR’s chief executive, said this is a rare opportunity for farmers to direct $5,000 to … Full Article »

Monsanto Fund Donates Truck to the Food Bank of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico Featured Article

A ceremony was held recently to celebrate the donation of a closed-box truck to the Food Bank of Los Mochis in Sinaloa, Mexico. The truck, with a capacity for 20 tons, was purchased with help from the Monsanto Fund, thanks to the sponsorship of employees located in northern Sinaloa State.

The vehicle will aid the Food Bank in its mission to bring food to communities of high poverty and improve efficiency in the collection and transportation of food donated by businesses, local producers, supermarkets, banks and other foundations. It is expected to generate a substantial increase in both the organization’s ability … Full Article »

Trapped Worker Saved by Equipment Bought via Monsanto Fund Grant Featured Article

: Michelle Insco, left, Dan Warren, center, and Clint Rauch pose with the 2013 Monsanto Fund grant to the Farmer City Fire Department

By Brian Russell
Communications Staff

For the past two years, the Farmer City (Ill.) Fire Protection District has obtained grant money through the Monsanto Fund to purchase updated equipment. In 2013, the fire department received a $20,000 grant, which it used to purchase new ropes, pulleys, carabineers, and stoke baskets.

As it turned out, the grant also helped saved a life.

In November 2013, a worker at a grain elevator in Farmer City passed out because of … Full Article »

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Flood-affected Farmers of India Benefit through Livelihood Restoration Project Featured Article

Farmers in the Mahaboobnagar (Andhra Pradesh) and Raichur (Karnataka) districts had suffered large-scale damages and their livelihoods were devastated after cyclonic floods in October 2009 that completely washed out their farm lands and their only source of sustenance.

Today, these farmers have been able to resume farming on their agricultural lands and enhance their crop yields thanks to a community development and livelihood restoration initiative by Monsanto Fund in partnership with NGO Access Development Services.

In 2009, flood waters inundated these districts and affected the lives and livelihoods of more than five million residents, destroyed millions of acres of farmland … Full Article »

Monsanto China Completes Fourth Green Village Project Featured Article

The fourth project of the Monsanto Fund China Green Village was completed Nov. 28, in which two villages in Henan Province, China were given access to clean water, exercise equipment and teaching aids for local elementary schools.

The U.S. $200,000 project, the fourth Green Village in the country, helped residents in Guangwu County, Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China address a number of needs.

The water supply system used in the villages was built in early 1980s. It fell short of demand in terms of water pressure and supply capacity because of descending water level and serious leaking of the original water … Full Article »

Monsanto Fund: Dateline Argentina Featured Article

Generating Entrepreneurial Spirit

Junior Achievement Argentina and Monsanto have been working together since 1998 to generate an entrepreneurial spirit in children and youth that allows them to achieve their goals within a framework of responsibility and freedom.

In 2006, this relationship grew when Monsanto decided to work with Junior Achievement Argentina to develop a new program focused on rural enterprises. The result was the creation of Our Field (Nuestro Campo in Spanish), a six-session program designed for students aged 13 to 15.

In the Our Field program, students learn the importance of education for their future and the role of … Full Article »

Monsanto Fund: Dateline Canada Featured Article

Learning Where Food Comes From 

The Made in Manitoba Breakfast program is organized by Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) – Manitoba, Inc., a non-profit charitable organization that works to connect Canadian teachers and students to agriculture. 

The program travels across Manitoba feeding students full, hot breakfasts made with products from Manitoba farmers. Before each breakfast, the students take part in an education program that helps them explore the agriculture industry and learn where their food comes from. 

“The Made in Manitoba Breakfast program is an exciting and engaging way to connect students of all ages to where their food … Full Article »

Monsanto Fund: Broadening Students’ Tastes Through School Gardens Featured Article

First-grade students in Chico, California — considered picky eaters by their parents — literally ran to eat bok choy (a Chinese cabbage) after planting and growing the vegetable as part of a school garden program. 

The Western Growers Foundation supported 20 school gardens throughout California with $30,000 from the Monsanto Fund. Each garden site received $1,500 plus a drip irrigation kit and a box of educational resources to help teachers transform gardens into outdoor classrooms.

Teaching students about agriculture and nutrition gives them the foundation to make lifelong healthy food choices.

This article is excerpted from Monsanto’s 2010-2011 Fund Report. Full Article »