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Monsanto Indonesia Wins Sustainable Business Award Featured Article

Monsanto Indonesia Country Leadership Team receives Sustainable Business Award (SBA)

Monsanto Indonesia has won a Sustainable Business Award (SBA) in the category of Best Land Use / Biodiversity and Environment, which recognizes the company’s Sustainable Agriculture Landscape Partnership (SALP) with eNGO Conservation International.

The partnership with eNGO is aimed at developing a healthy, sustainable economy by improving agricultural production, conserving biodiversity and natural resources, and enhancing farmer livelihoods.

This award also recognizes our leadership commitment to a sustainable agriculture in Indonesia in support of the Government agenda on Food Security. Monsanto Indonesia is among 15 recipients across 16 award categories.… Full Article »

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Monsanto Philippines Seminar Underscores Benefits of Modern Agriculture Featured Article

About 60 people attended the forum sponsored by Monsanto and the US-ASEAN Business Council

Last week in Manilla, Monsanto partnered with the US-ASEAN Business Council to sponsor a forum on “Maximizing Nutrition with Modern Agriculture” at the Dusit Thani Hotel. The seminar was attended by more than 60 people from Philippine government offices, media, non-government organizations and universities.

Milton Stokes, director of Global Health and Nutrition Outreach for Monsanto, discussed innovative means of safe and sustainable food production through traditional plant breeding, biotechnology, crop protection and precision agriculture.

Milton Stokes speaking on nutrition and modern agriculture

Based on the company’s … Full Article »

FFA Week: Cultivating Corn for the Future Featured Article

It’s National FFA Week, and recently, Monsanto welcomed 75 State FFA Officers from the U.S. into one of its facilities outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. As part of the visit, the State Officers learned about the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) program. The program is a public-private partnership dedicated to increasing food security in Sub-Saharan Africa through the development and distribution of drought-tolerant and insect-resistant maize seed. Taylor Green is one of the State Officers who participated in the visit.

Cultivating Corn for the Future

By Taylor Green

The need to produce more food for more people is … Full Article »

Monsanto Donates Land for Honouliuli Internment Camp National Monument Featured Article

Today, U.S. President Barack Obama publicly designated a former World War II internment camp in Hawaii as a national monument.  The Honouliuli Internment Camp in Kunia, near Honolulu, is on land donated by Monsanto to the federal government to honor and preserve the legacy of the hundreds of Japanese-American people who were forcibly kept there during World War II.

Monsanto has donated 123 acres to be included in the national monument. An additional 22 acres is planned to be donated in the future.

“We’re very excited about reaching this significant milestone in the community’s efforts to preserve the Honouliuli Internment … Full Article »

Breeding Station Bangalore Team Campaigns for Road Safety Awareness Featured Article

The Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways recently celebrated National Road Safety Week. The Monsanto Breeding Station in Bangalore, comprised of Vegetable R&D and Row Crop breeding teams, contributed to this event by leading a road safety awareness campaign. The local vehicular traffic—relatively high on this narrow route winding through hillocks with several blind curves—consists of both four and two-wheeler traffic. Due to the difficult terrain and lack of disciplined driving, many serious collisions typically occur on this road.

All employees, including the leadership team from MBS Bangalore, organized a unique campaign on two and four-wheeler driving safety. Employees … Full Article »

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Farmer Choice Key to Successful and Sustainable Farming Featured Article

By Daniel Kruithoff,
Managing Director
Monsanto Australia & New Zealand

Agriculture is once again at the forefront of the national conversation about Australia’s future prosperity. Having ridden the mining boom all the way to shore, sectors such as agriculture are being viewed as the next wave of economic growth.

Improved market access through free trade agreements will undoubtedly help drive demand for Australia’s high quality food and fibre, particularly among the booming middle class of Asia.

What is less certain though is the capacity of Australian agriculture to sustainably increase productivity fast enough to capitalise on the opportunity of becoming … Full Article »

Monsanto Philippines talks with Mindanao university students on global agriculture and food sustainability Featured Article

Monsanto Philippines recently received a warm welcome from 866 university students who attended its briefing on sustainability, food, partnerships and career building.

Monsanto recently conducted a seminar on ‘Monsanto,& the Work that We Do’  at the Mindanao State University (MSU) which was attended not only by the students but also by most of the faculty members of the University’s College of Agriculture.  The Monsanto Philippines Team of Cherie Ocampo , Human Resources Lead; Gabby Romero, Regulatory Affairs Lead;  Jorgen Abellera,  Corn Breeder and Plant Pathology Lead for Asia Pacific and Chat Ocampo,  Corporate Engagement Lead  exchanged perspectives with MSU students … Full Article »

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Supporting Education in Vietnam Featured Article

On Jan. 15, Monsanto Fund announced a pledge of VND 3.2 billion in partnership with the non-governmental organization Room to Read to improve literacy and gender equality for thousands of children in rural communities in Vietnam. Through this partnership, we will be able to improve education and literacy of more than 60,000 children of Vietnamese farmers.

Monsanto’s funding is going to two major programs, Girls’ Education and Literacy.

In Girls’ Education program, we are equipping 175 girls from low-income families in the rural community with the necessary financial support and skills to succeed in school and beyond through mentors, tutors … Full Article »

Monsanto Named One of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces Featured Article

For the third consecutive year, Monsanto Company has been named to the list of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work®. This year, Monsanto ranked No. 8 in the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence that identifies the top 25 best multinational companies in terms of workplace culture.

Monsanto moved up four places (from No. 12 in 2013) to No. 8 on the 2014 list. Monsanto is the only St. Louis-based company and the only agriculture company recognized again this year.

To view the full list of best multinational workplaces, visit http://www.greatplacetowork.com/best-companies/worlds-best-multinationals/the-list.

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The World Food Prize – One Year Later Featured Article

By Dr. Robb Fraley
Chief Technology Officer

Somehow, some way, a year has passed since I was awarded the World Food Prize with Mary-Dell Chilton and Marc Van Montagu.  For me, the experience in Des Moines will always stand out as a career pinnacle.  But more important, it helped reset the discussion about the use of new tools and technologies in feeding a growing planet.

That reset started with the simple, fundamental fact that the three of us were chosen for the award.  In selecting the scientists who helped pioneer biotechnology, the World Food Prize made a bold and unambiguous … Full Article »