Agricultural sustainability with Monsanto
Sustainable agriculture company Monsanto is actively conducting seminars to empower farmers, the most recent of which was at the University of the Philippines Mindanao and Nazareth High School with over 980 students participating. Entitled “Monsanto & the Work That We Do,” the series of seminars covered the following topics that include Sustainable Agriculture; careers in Monsanto; choosing a career in Agriculture and the company’s corporate social responsibility programs.
“We make it a point to reach out to students because they have a lot of potential to make a difference in the agriculture sector,” corporate affairs lead Charina Garrido-Ocampo explained.
“The aim of our continuous student outreach is not only to highlight the need for relevant partnerships with academic organizations, but also to raise awareness on the state of the agricultural industry today. We also hope to spark their interests by showing how pertinent the issue of food sustainability is and sharing the available personal development opportunities that come along with the careers in agricultural companies, such as Monsanto,” Ocampo added.
Other company executives such as regulatory affairs lead Dr. Gabriel Romero and HR officials as well as plant pathology lead for Asia Pacific Jorgen Abellera also spoke about their respective fields of expertise, answering questions from the audience.
“Monsanto & the Work that We Do” has been ongoing since last year and has already reached around 1,650 students. Aside from Nazareth High School and UP Mindanao, Monsanto has also engaged students at the Mariano Marcos State University and the Mindanao State University-General Santos.
Through various pertinent programs and partnerships, Monsanto is committed in collaborating with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges in terms of nourishing our growing world.