In many rural Latin American communities where educational opportunities are scarce, Monsanto saw a need to reach out support social projects that seek to sustainably improve health, nutrition and the environment.
About the Project
Seedbed of Future promotes education-based, social farming projects that help ensure long-term sustainability for health, nutrition and the environment. Seventy-five percent of the projects are implemented in communities with 5,000 to 40,000 residents, and the remaining projects are in communities with less than 2,000 people.
Seedbed of the Future uses Monsanto’s employees as its “eyes and ears,” listening to them to find the viable projects that are in need of support. By involving our people, including those in Monsanto service center and plants, sales representatives, agronomic consultants, and many others, the Monsanto Fund can ensure we’re meeting the critical needs of these rural communities – because as citizens of these areas, they know these communities very well.
History of Seedbed of the Future
Monsanto Company started the program in 2004, as an initiative called Max Solidario. With the donation of US$ 1 for each box of Roundup Max sold (up to a maximum amount of AR$ 1 million), 55 projects were funded that year, benefiting more than 3,200 individuals in 11 Argentine provinces.
In 2006, the project was redefined to focus completely on the farming communities and was renamed Seedbed of the Future. In 2010, the Monsanto Fund began funding the project and continues to do so today.
Over the years, the Seedbed of the Future program has benefitted more than 40,000 people, making an increasing impact throughout Latin America.
Where the Program Operates
Seedbed of the Future covers the provinces of Buenos Aires, La Pampa, Entre Ríos, Santa Fe, Córdoba, Corrientes, Misiones, Chaco, Santiago del Estero, Tucumán, San Luis, Salta y Jujuy of the Argentine Republic, the departments of the Eastern Region of the Republic of Paraguay, and Uruguay.