Monsanto compliments Prime Minister’s vision of “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan"

6/1/2016

 

~Partners with AFPRO to install over 2,500 sanitation units in rural India~

 

Mumbai, June 1, 2016: Monsanto India, a globally leading sustainable agriculture company has partnered with NGO Action for Food Production (AFPRO) for installation of over 2,500 sanitation units across rural India.

Poor sanitation conditions continue to remain a critical challenge in India, particularly in the rural areas posing a grave danger to the security & dignity of women. Open defecation is also seen as one of the main reasons for water contamination and other health related problems. Moreover, not only does access to one’s own individual toilet have positive hygiene impact, it also provides positive social connotations.   

Our CSR commitment comprises of two flagship programs DISHA and SHARE. DISHA covers our efforts in the Health, Nutrition and Education areas and is sharply focused on women and children in rural communities as the intended beneficiaries. Other than providing access to sanitation, DISHA also covers our efforts in the Health, Nutrition and Education areas.

This programme across the states of Maharashtra, Telangana, AP, Karnataka and the Union territory of Silvassa, follows a community participatory approach with the responsibility of ownership & maintenance of the toilet units lying with the individual households. As a part of this initiative Monsanto has a target of building over 2,500 toilets of which 600+ household toilets and additionally has also set up 15 school sanitation units in government schools.

The selection of beneficiaries is also done very methodically thereby ensuring coverage of the most backward rural communities in line with the Government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. It is a collaborative effort where Monsanto works with the community members not only to develop the infrastructure, but also undertakes hygiene sensitization efforts with the community members to drive behaviour change with respect to sanitation practices. 

Commenting on this initiative, Arnab Das, Director, CSR & Sustainability, Monsanto India said, “Establishing household sanitation units across rural geographies is a small step in our commitment to towards the communities that we work so closely with. Monsanto is committed to help improve lives of communities it operates in. Through this initiative, we are participating in inculcating better sanitation and hygiene practices as well as in the Prime Minister’s vision of achieving a “Swachh” or clean India”.

Monsanto has always remained committed to making a difference to the lives of farmers and rural communities – people that we tough through our products, our efforts in the field or through our philanthropic activities. 

 

About Monsanto:

Monsanto is a sustainable agriculture company. We deliver agricultural products that support farmers all around the world.

We are focused on empowering farmers—large and small—to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. We do this with our leading seed brands in crops like corn, cotton and fruits and vegetables. We also produce leading in-the-seed trait technologies for farmers, which are aimed at protecting their yield, supporting their on-farm efficiency and reducing their on-farm costs.

We strive to make our products available to farmers throughout the world by broadly licensing our seed and trait technologies to other companies. In addition to our seeds and traits business, we also manufacture Roundup® and other herbicides used by farmers, consumers and lawn-and-garden professionals.

Monsanto could not exist without farmers. They are our customers--the lifeblood of our company. More important, they are the support system of the world's economy, working day in and day out to feed, clothe and provide energy for our world.

 

For further information, please contact:

Jaison Rebello

Edelman India

+91 8286939726

Jaison.rebello@edelman.com

 

Arun Gopalakrishnan
Public Affairs
Monsanto India
+91 7738283718
arun.gopalakrishnan@monsanto.com