Established effective partnerships with four non-for-profit development organizations and with the governments of Malawi and Kenya to distribute quality hybrid white maize seed to farmers in impoverished villages in Malawi, Kenya, and Tanzania. Donated a total of approximately 820 metric tons of maize seed that reached approximately 150,000 farm families and fed well over one million people. Field trials were conducted with vegetable seeds donated by Monsanto's subsidiary company. Seminis to determine the cash-generating potential of a diversification strategy for subsistence farmers. Efforts were initiated by the Millennium Villages Program to facilitate the development of a sustainable agricultural infrastructure including marketing and storage of surplus grain.
Seed was also shipped to the Millennium Research Village in Kenya to initiate field trials. The field trials will confirm which Monsanto hybrids are agronomically fit for the environmental conditions found at the Millennium Village sites in Kenya.
Inspired by the Clinton Global Initiative inaugural meeting, a partnership with the Millennium Village program was initiated. Immediate opportunities were identified in Malawi and Tanzania where Monsanto's maize seed is well suited to the local environment. Seed was shipped to the Millennium Villages in Malawi for immediate planting in December 2005. A total of 120 metric tons of seed worth $144,000 was distributed to over 50,000 farmers. The Millennium Village program secured funding for fertilizer, which is a required input to realize the benefits of the quality seed, as well as training in best farming practices.
Additionally, Monsanto announced its decision to donate 700 metric tons of quality hybrid corn seeds in Malawi, an equivalent donation of $840,000. The 700 metric tons of white quality hybrid corn seeds, available in 5-kilogram (11-pound) bags, could reach as many as 140,000 Malawi farm families. When properly planted and managed, this seed will be able to feed more than one million people for a year.