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Monsanto Philippines Participates in Agricultural Biotech Forum Featured Article

Chat Ocampo speaks to the forum participants

Monsanto Philippines participated in a multi-sector forum on agricultural biotechnology held recently in Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines. The forum was organized by the Asian Farmers Regional Network (ASFARNET-Philippines) to inform key stakeholders about the benefits of agricultural biotechnology and to clarify issues related to biotech crops.

Chat Ocampo, Monsanto Philippines’ Corporate Engagement Lead, spoke about the challenges and concerns in explaining agricultural biotechnology to a non-technical audience. To continue to enjoy public trust and support, those who engage in biotech research “should endeavor to remain transparent and keep government officials and the … 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 »

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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Talking with Filipino Students on Sustainability & Careers Featured Article

Cherie Ocampo, Monsanto Philippines Human Resources

Monsanto Philippines employees recently spoke with 700 college students from the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), one of the top state universities in the Philippines. The seminar, “Monsanto & the Work that We Do,” focused on sustainability, food, partnerships and career building.

Members from the Monsanto Philippines Leadership Team talked with MMSU’s students and faculty members on the challenges and solutions to achieve global food and agriculture sustainability; the role of farmers, better seeds, plant biotechnology products and crop management practices to produce better food using fewer natural resources; the need for new partnerships … Full Article »

Monsanto Philippines Recognized for Workplace Practices Featured Article

Monsanto Philippines’ Country Lead Sandro Rissi receives the award from Bonar Laureto, Executive Director of Philippine Business for the Environment – the Global Network Partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Monsanto recently received a special recognition for workplace practices from Global Initiatives (GI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) which launched the Sustainable Business Awards (SBA) Philippines 2014.

The SBA Awards recognizes best practices and leadership in sustainable business among national and multinational companies in the Philippines. The winners were announced at a gala dinner and awarding ceremony at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati.

Monsanto participated in the awards process … Full Article »

Project Launched to Help Typhoon Haiyan Victims in Iloilo Featured Article

Monsanto employees and distributors joined GK volunteers to build new houses for corn farmers in Sara, Iloilo, who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Attending the project launch was Iloilo Vice-Governor Raul Tupas.

By Charina Garrido-Ocampo
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Monsanto Fund and Philippine NGO Gawad Kalinga (GK) recently launched a joint project to build and repair houses for farmers who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Eighty-four Monsanto employees and distributors flew to Sara, Iloilo to participate in the launch and help in the preliminary efforts to build houses. Almost 600 local residents attended this activity including local government officials, members of the local … Full Article »

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11 Things You May Not Have Known About Monsanto in 2013 Featured Article

It was a busy year in 2013, and a number of significant events occurred with our businesses. In no particular order, here are 10 of them.

1. Monsanto announced a Clinton Global Initiative commitment to action on honey bee health. We also formed a Honey Bee Advisory Council and hosted the first of its kind Bee Health Summit.

2. Monsanto delivered a third consecutive year of strong growth on performance of our global portfolio.

3. Monsanto pledged an additional $3 million for corn rootworm research.

4. The company advanced a record 18 projects in our integrated yield pipelineFull Article »

Monsanto Pledges Support to GK for Typhoon Haiyan Victims Featured Article

The headlines are sobering: thousands dead, 18,000 injured, and an estimated $225 million in damages to Philippine agriculture.

Monsanto and Philippine NGO Gawad Kalinga Foundation (GK) have created a partnership agreement to rebuild and repair homes of farming families affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Iloilo.

The typhoon’s aftermath saw more than 5,200 people dead while cities and municipalities in the Visayas lie in ruins. Latest reports indicate that total damage to agriculture is at P10B while damage to corn is at P226M. It will take time for the thousands of affected Filipinos to get back to their feet but … Full Article »

Recognition of Occupational Safety Performance at Monsanto Sites Featured Article

Monsanto’s Soda Springs, Idaho, plant

Five Monsanto sites and one overall recognition for the company have been given in the area of occupational safety performance. 

The Soda Springs Plant—after one year without experiencing an injury—received the following message from Dean Ikeda, OSHA Regional Administrator, Seattle: “OSHA congratulates Monsanto for operating the past year without a recordable injury or illness. As a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP ) Star, this site has demonstrated that a systematic approach to safety with direct employee involvement can significantly reduce hazards, and improve overall performance.”  

The Muscatine, Iowa, manufacturing facility was recognized for working with the … Full Article »