Growing Populations, Growing Challenges

The Government of India estimates that the country’s population may touch 1.5 billion by 2020, resulting in a shortfall of 14 million MT of food grains. Concerns over climate change have also increased - the eight warmest years on record have all occurred in the last decade. Agriculture already uses 70% of the world’s fresh water and more than half of the habitable land, and with both in short supply, much of the production increase must therefore come from increased crop yields.

As the world’s largest investor in agricultural research, Monsanto is uniquely positioned to help meet these challenges – of growing more while using less. Monsanto believes that the solution to meeting these growing food, feed, and fiber needs is to enhance farm productivity on existing agricultural land with the use of high-yielding seeds and advanced farm technologies.

But while agricultural productivity increases, one must not lose sight of the farmer. It is imperative that agricultural progress translates into a better life for farmers, whether it is an improvement in standards of living, access to better health and educational facilities, or indeed, a better knowledge of advanced agronomic practices. Monsanto underscores its commitment towards improving the lives of the communities in which its employees live and work by ensuring human rights, supporting initiatives in education, health care, sustainable agriculture, and disaster relief.

Through its products and commitments, and a team of 800 employees across the country, many of whom are from rural backgrounds, Monsanto touches the lives of more than 5 million farmers with more than a million direct farmer contacts annually-- thus, helping farmers in India produce more, conserve more resources, and lead better lives.

To provide greater access and to share the benefits of advanced technology, Monsanto has entered into several partnerships with state seed corporations, NGOs, and state agriculture universities to increase education with respect to agricultural practices, and availability of superior quality seeds and technology.