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Efforts to Eliminate Child Labor in Our Business Partners’ Fields in India Featured 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 »