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WEMA Project Partners Honored with ND-GAIN Corporate Adaptation Award Featured Article

By Jesus Madrazo
Vice President, Corporate Engagement

Improving lives of resource-poor farmers is one of Monsanto’s commitments to agriculture. Six years ago, with that commitment in mind, we partnered with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (or AATF) on the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project to share pest-resistant and drought-tolerant maize seed varieties with Sub-Saharan African farmers.

Along with the AATF, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and five National Agricultural Research Systems Sub-Saharan Africa have joined us in … Full Article »

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AATF Celebrates a Decade of Innovation for African Agriculture Featured Article

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and its partners are celebrating 10 years of the development and use of innovative technologies for agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. Some 14.5 million smallholder farmers will be helped when the technologies are ultimately implemented.

Monsanto works with the AATF on the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and USAID.WEMA was created to enhance food security in sub-Saharan Africa by developing and deploying more drought-tolerant maize varieties, provided royalty-free.

The AATF has created this video summarizing what’s … Full Article »

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Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Featured Article

What if we could stop using Africa as an example of food scarcity and a non-existent agriculture infrastructure? This question is at the heart of our commitment to Africa.  That’s why Monsanto has been working to develop new technologies and seed that will help African farmers manage risk and ensure a more secure food supply.

The current food supply crisis in Africa has been well documented. But forecasters see something even more troubling on the horizon. As the population increases and climate change becomes a greater factor in food security, risk of hunger could increase up to 20 percent by … Full Article »

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The Right Policies to Feed the World while Preserving Natural Resources Featured Article

By Dr. Margaret Zeigler
Global Harvest Initiative 

How can we feed the estimated nine billion people that will be on our planet by 2050, and do so in a way that preserves water, soil, air, forests, and environmental systems needed for our survival?  As I wrote with Dr. Roberto Lenton on The Chicago Council’s Global Food for Thought blog, extreme weather in 2012 caused disruption for global food systems. Serious climate challenges compound the impact of our growing population and rising incomes in developing and transition countries on the global food supply.

The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) and … Full Article »

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WEMA Partnership Celebrates 5th Anniversary Featured Article

By Mark Edge
Monsanto WEMA Project Lead

Maize continues to be the most widely grown staple crop in Africa, with more than 300 million people depending on it as their main food source.

Maize farming in Africa, however, is not without its risks – especially for millions of smallholder farmers who have limited resources and technologies to take on agricultural challenges presented by droughts and insect pests. Food security is constantly at risk with the potential of maize production ending with low yields or even crop failures, which contribute to hunger and poverty. Fortunately, Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA)Full Article »

Five Answers on Monsanto’s Haiti Seed Donation

Since announcing Monsanto’s $4 million seed donation to Haitian farmers on May 13, there have been some questions and some inaccuracies regarding details of the gift. We covered some of the answers in this initial blog post, which primarily addressed how the donation came about and noted the seeds were hybrids not biotech (GMO).

  • Monsanto contacted the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture and offered specific non-GMO seed varieties and quantities suited for Haiti’s growing conditions. The Ministry reviewed the offer and asked some questions, including whether we intended to include GMO seed because Haiti does not have the legal framework
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Monsanto Donates Corn and Vegetable Seed to Haiti

It’s been four months since the ground shook in Haiti. A few weeks after that catastrophic event, the World Economic Forum was held in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss a variety of global issues, including the outlook for agriculture. Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant and Executive Vice President Jerry Steiner attended the event and had conversations with attendees about what could be done to help Haiti. Monsanto had already donated money, but it was clear that a donation of our products—corn and vegetable seeds—could really make a difference in the lives of Haitians.

Simple directive, but complex in execution. … Full Article »