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Creativity Not Ideology Essential to Global Food Security

Are we truly willing to move past ideologies and embrace the best of human ingenuity and innovation?

By Dr Kristen Knight PhD, Entomologist, Monsanto Australia & New Zealand

The World Economic Forum at Davos is underway as I write [week of Jan 25., 2015].

A recent article from the Forum[1] caught my eye. It underlined the rapid technological innovation being driven by what it called our Fourth Industrial Revolution.

First: steam in the late 1700s. Then electricity in the late 1800s: followed by electronics in 1960s. We are now entering the fourth which the article says is all … Full Article »

New Vision for Agriculture – Three Years Later Featured Article

In January 2011, I was in New Orleans for a funeral. It was 5 a.m., and I was sitting in my mother’s kitchen, and using her telephone as a dial-up modem to access the internet (she did not have internet service). I was watching the Twitter feed from the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, specifically to see what would be said for the launch of a new WEF initiative called “The New Vision for Agriculture.”

This was a big deal. The World Economic Forum had recognized the critical importance of global agriculture, and a … Full Article »

World Economic Forum’s (WEF) “New Vision for Agriculture” Featured Article

Monsanto’s executive leadership played an active role in the inception and development of the World Economic Forum (WEF) “New Vision for Agriculture.” Today, 26 leading partner companies, representing the full food value chain, are working to build a framework for advancing global agriculture over the course of the next several decades. 

The Vision they share focuses on three critical goals: 

1.      To meet nutritional demands while providing affordable choices across the food value chain.

2.      To conserve or enhance the quality and quantity of natural resources and meet the challenges of changing climate.

3.      To drive … Full Article »

A Commitment to Help Africa Grow Featured Article

In per capita income, Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest countries. Per capita income averages $1,500 annually. Average life expectancy is 53 years.

Tanzania is also a country where agriculture is critically important to the economy, employing some 80 percent of the work force. And it may be the key to the future success of the country and its people.

Today, Monsanto’s president, chairman and CEO Hugh Grant is announcing a ten-year, $50 million commitment to in several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and will seek broad partnerships with governments, other private sector companies and civil society to grow the agricultural … Full Article »

A New Vision for Agriculture

Monsanto’s Mark Sutherland sat down with Jerry Steiner, EVP of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, after the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos, Switzerland. The topic – the New Vision for Agriculture that was announced during the WEF meetings.

Mark: The New Vision for Agriculture, can you explain that? What does that mean? What is it?

Jerry: The New Vision for Agriculture takes on the challenge that we all talk about and hear about a lot–the near doubling of demand that is expected across the next 40 years, the recognition that there will be increasing scarcity of the resources … Full Article »

Why I'm in Davos

By Jerry Steiner, Executive Vice President
Sustainability & Corporate Affairs
Monsanto Company

In just the last two years, farmers have gained a voice at the World Economic Forum. This year, their voice is growing thanks to a project called the New Vision for Agriculture. It’s one of the reasons why I’m excited about attending Davos this year.

This new vision is designed to understand the actions government, business and NGOs can take to create a virtuous cycle to benefit farmers and ultimately all of us. This year among heads of state, business and non-profit leaders, a farmer advocate and … Full Article »

Monsanto Donates Corn and Vegetable Seed to Haiti

A building in Haiti almost 4 months after the initial earthquake.

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 … Full Article »