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Agri09-Overview-Schroeder -Monsanto Agri09-Overview-Schroeder -Monsanto Presentation Transcript

  • SUSTAINABLE YIELD -a driver for investment opportunities in Africa
  • Agriculture is at the Center of Many of Society’sMost Important Debates • Global food security • • Water availability • • Biofuels • • Global warming •Technology Is Addressing These Challenges
  • Commitment to Sustainable Yield Conserve More Produce More Improve Farmers’ Lives
  • Goal:Help farmers double yields of corn, soybeansand cotton from 2000-2030
  • Corn Yields Continue to Advance, TremendousGains Made Over Last Ten Years 11000 10000 Biotech 160 b=194.7/3.11 9000 140 Average Corn Yields (kg/ha) 8000 Average Corn Yields (bu/ac) 120 Single Cross 7000 b=113.2/1.81 100 6000 5000 80 4000 Double Cross Open Pollinated 60 3000 b=1.0/0.02 b=63.1/1.01 40 2000 20 1000 0 0 1865 1875 1885 1895 1905 1915 1925 1935 1945 1955 1965 1975 1985 1995 2005 Year Source: March 2006. Crop Science. Ref# 46:528-543
  • Goal:Help farmers reduce use of key resourcesused in agriculture by 1/3 per unit of output
  • 2008 Dryland Field Tests Showed Lead DroughtEvent Increased Yield in Stressed ConditionsDROUGHT TOLERANT CORN FAMILY: LEAD PROJECT COLLABORATION WITH 16,0 Percentage yield difference vs. control Targeted to minimize 13.4% 6.7% 10.5% 11.3% 7.7% uncertainty in farming 14,0 by buffering against effects of water Yield Difference (bu/acre) 12,0 limitation 10,0 8,0 In U.S., this historically 6,0 has been dryland 4,0 farms of Western Great Plains 2,0 0,0 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Discovery Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 Launch Proof of Concept Early Development Adv. Development Pre-Launch
  • Nitrogen Utilization Corn Targets ways to Use Nitrogen More Efficiently Nitrogen Utilization Corn Nitrogen Facts • Can potentially boost yield under • Only 40-60% of Nitrogen normal nitrogen conditions or stabilize applied to corn is taken up it in low nitrogen environments and used during the first year • Under limited nitrogen conditions, lead trait has demonstrated yield • N2O is ~290X more potent advantages over multiple years greenhouse gas than CO2 • Can Reduce agriculture’s overall impact on the environment Discovery Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 Launch Proof of Concept Early Development Adv. Development Pre-LaunchSources: O’Neill et al., 2004; http://nue.okstate.edu/; Microbial Life Educational Resources;http://www.ewg.org/
  • Goal:Farmers of all sizes become more productive,including >5M people in resource-poor families
  • Three complementary approachesto reach all farmers1. Commercial Business Development • maximizes farmer choice • requires infrastructure & market opportunity in country • self funding, self-growing & self-sustaining
  • Three complementary approachesto reach all farmers2. Humanitarian & Public Goods • subsistence applications & stewardship • minimum farmer choice • requires public-private partnership & funding – not sustainable
  • Three complementary approachesto reach all farmers3. Cooperative Market Development • subsidized learning and infrastructure • requires public-private partnerships & funding • becomes self-supporting when successful • Focus on decreasing farmer risk • Through business models • Through products
  • Conclusions• Monsanto is committed to business and development of the agricultural sector in Africa.• We believe creative business models that treat smallholders as commercial customers while reducing their risk are the most sustainable.• Success will require long-term commitment, partnership and a willingness to stretch beyond “business as usual” thinking.• We welcome ideas and guidance on how we can work together to develop programs that are truly scalable and sustainable. 13
  • For More Information www.ProduceMoreConserveMore.com