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Essay: Monsanto Scholarship for BDPA Students: Della Anjeh (Pomona College)


1st Annual Monsanto Scholarship for BDPA Students is awarded in August 2013 to three students ... each of whom will receive a $2,500 scholarships to assist with their studies. Della Anjeh is an …

1st Annual Monsanto Scholarship for BDPA Students is awarded in August 2013 to three students ... each of whom will receive a $2,500 scholarships to assist with their studies. Della Anjeh is an incoming freshman at Pomona College. She is a member of our BDPA St. Louis chapter and participated in 2011 and 2012 on the chapter's High School Computer Competition (HSCC) team. She trained for six weeks in the summer of 2011 at Monsanto world headquarters office in preparation for the 2011 National BDPA HSCC Championship. Her scholarship application included an essay entitled, 'Communication, Knowledge and Innovation: Outcomes of Technological Advancement in Agriculture'. Della is a remarkable young woman and truly deserves to be known as a 'future face of technology'. Follow Della on Twitter: @DellzBells.

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  • 1. Communication, Knowledge, and Innovation: Outcomes of Technological Advancement in Agriculture By Della Anjeh Technology has become an invaluable part of the modern world. Utilized in almost every field of work in the work, it is only natural that it be applied to fields, where farmers harvest and grow crop. Integrating technology with farming and harvesting allows for a much larger and better quality yield to be attained, which is the only acceptable outcome for a population growing exponentially. Monsanto and countless others have been taking many steps to improving technology for agriculture. For example, the Irish Potato Famine in the mid-nineteenth century was caused by a type of water mold called “potato blight.” It doesn’t come as much of a surprised that with Monsanto’s innovative technological integration with harvesting crops, these serious plant diseases can be prevented and become things of the past. CocoaLink and V-Care illustrate how technology has allowed people to gain a heightened ability to communicate, more knowledge, and the power of innovation. The Ivory Coast is the largest producer of cocoa in the world. The importance of cocoa led the Conseil Café-Cacao (CCC) to create a mobile phone application called CocoaLink. This app serves as a way for cocoa farmers to give and receive information about farming cocoa. Already about 70 percent of farmers use mobile devices, and this app connects them all wherever their farms are located. In addition, the app can connect the farmers to experts in the agricultural field who give advice on disease prevention, pest control, and the most efficient way to use fertilizer. One app has allowed a multitude of farmers, spread out throughout the Ivory Coast, to share information with each other as if they were all working on the same field. This is the power of technology. It allows these farmers to communicate, to gain new knowledge about their trade,
  • 2. and allow them to use these new ideas to think on their feet and possibly developed new methods of farming on their own. Monsanto’s V-Care in Vidarbha, India has brought success and hope to the cotton farmers located there. With Monsanto working with agricultural experts in the region, these farmers were able to gain the tools necessary to plant a bountiful harvest of cotton and in turn generate more money for the region, resulting in an improved standard of living. These farmers gained information on farming cotton in a fast and reliable way and used them, which rewarded them with a cotton yield 42 percent larger than the year before (2011). Black Data Processing Association and Monsanto are invaluable to this venture into revolutionizing how technology can be used in agriculture because BDPA provides the people and Monsanto has all that technology built or ready to be built by the students that BDPA has taught. BDPA teaches the fundamentals to working easily and successfully with technology to people who might not have had the opportunity to learn these complicated concepts in their community. BDPA and Monsanto are growing to include and inspire young minds to pursue bigger and better things using technology.