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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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Brazilian Journalists Visit with American Farmers Featured Article

In the spirit of sharing more information and fostering discussion with others around the challenges of producing food and the technologies that can help with this challenge, Monsanto Brazil invited reporters from the Brazilian newspapers Valor Econômico and Correio Braziliense, and the TV channel Terra Viva, to meet with farmers in the U.S., attend the Farm Progress show and tour Monsanto’s facilities.

“We want to have conversations about food and an open dialog about our products and the latest technologies that are going to help farmers produce more in a sustainable way. Plus, while farms back in their country … Full Article »

Q&A with Monsanto Chief Technology Officer and World Food Prize Laureate Robert Fraley Featured Article

As farmers, scientists, students and educators have been meeting in Des Moines for the annual Borlaug Dialogue and celebration of the 2013 World Food Prize, we asked 2013 World Food Prize laureate and Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Robert Fraley for his thoughts on the event and the role of innovation in helping to feed a growing population.

Q:  How do you feel about this year’s World Food Prize recognition of biotechnology?

A: I think it’s an important recognition of the value and importance of biotechnology, which is a safe and a very important tool as we collectively seek to address … Full Article »

2013 GAP Report: The Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Featured Article

By Dr. Margaret Zeigler
Global Harvest Initiative 

Today, October 16, the Global Harvest Initiative released our 2013 GAP Report® at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa. The African presence at the World Food Prize is always significant. Dignitaries, farmers, agricultural experts, and international development professionals, among many others, travel to Des Moines from far and wide to learn and to meet new people that share their vision to improve global food and nutrition security.

It is always great to be a part of the World Food Prize and to experience first-hand the collective power of people … Full Article »

Monsanto Fund in India Featured Article

Four projects in India are highlighted in the newly published Monsanto Fund report for 2010-2011.

Dateline India: Enhance Agricultural Productivity 

With the help of the Monsanto Fund, a five-year project is underway to improve the incomes of 3,000 poor families in Kalahandi district, through integrated natural resource development (INRD), improved farming systems and better market linkages. 

The program, which began in October 2011, identified women from target families and organized them into self help groups. These women learn sustainable agriculture practices — maximizing return without depleting resources — through integrated land and water resource development education. This teaches the … Full Article »

Global Harvest Initiative’s 3rd Productivity Report Featured Article

Yesterday at the World Food Prize meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, the partners (of which Monsanto is one) of the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) announced the 2012 report on “Measuring Global Agricultural Productivity.” 

That’s a mouthful of a title for an important report on what is happening around the world agricultural productivity – an attempt to quantify and pinpoint what is going on in different regions of the world. 

Key findings in the 2012 report include: 

  • Food demand in Asia will result primarily from rising incomes rather than population increases.
  • In the Middle East and Africa, a growing food gap
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The Effect of Policy on Corn Productivity Rates Featured Article

Monsanto is committed to doubling the yield potential of corn, soybeans, cotton, and canola crops. Measuring crop yield growth is one way to assess productivity growth in agriculture. 

Based on a recent analysis by The Context Network, the yield and productivity growth of corn, soybeans, cotton and canola crops can be objectively evaluated based on the policy environment of various countries. 

The Context Network report provides expert evaluation of the policy environment supporting innovation and investment across the three primary drivers of yield growth: agronomics, breeding and biotechnology. Based on these evaluations, countries are classified into three distinct policy … Full Article »