Monsanto Pledges Multi-Stage Support to Aid Philippines, Local Farmers Devastated by Typhoon

Agricultural Company Teams Up With International Non-Governmental Organizations To Aid Those In Need

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ST. LOUIS, November 25, 2013 /3BL Media/ -  Monsanto Company has pledged its support to help the

people of the Philippines, including local farmers, who are now working to recover and rebuild from thedevastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan). The company, which has more than100 employees in the region and has partnered with Filipino farmers for more than 45 years, announced aseries of commitments including: improving the lives of those in need by providing short term relief offood and water, helping to rebuild and repair farmers’ homes, donating corn seed and offering employeedonation matches to further enhance support of relief efforts. Monsanto’s support of the relief effort isexpected to total more than $400,000 (US). “Our thoughts and support go out to the people directly impacted by the typhoon as well as ourentire Filipino community at Monsanto,” said Mike Frank, Monsanto’s Vice President, International RowCrops and Vegetables. “Now is the time for us to help them rebuild, reestablish their homes and regaintheir livelihood. We realize this is just the beginning of a long journey but by partnering together withothers we hope we can help contribute to the rebuilding efforts in the region.” Those struggling with the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda include more than 20,000 farm familiesin the Visayan Islands of the Philippines. In order to help support farm families impacted in this region,the company will work alongside established non-governmental organizations that have a strong historyand knowledge of the Visayas area. Those groups include the Philippines Red Cross, the Gawad Kalingafoundation, the International Red Cross, the UN World Food Programme and the Red Crescent Society. To support near-term relief efforts, Monsanto is partnering with the Philippines Red Cross toprovide food, water and temporary shelter through a donation of $100,000. In addition to contributions tothe Philippines Red Cross to aid short term relief, the company is also partnering with Gawad Kalinga, aPhilippine based foundation dedicated to ending poverty and homelessness. Through a donation of$250,000, Monsanto, together with Gawad Kalinga, will build 50 new homes and repair an additional 230homes for farmers in the Visayas region. To further support farm families in the region, Monsanto will also provide DEKALB® Genuitycorn hybrid seeds free of charge to corn farmers with extensive crop damage so they may replant floodedor damaged fields as soon as possible. Monsanto will also match dollar for dollar all relief effort donations made by Monsantoemployees to the International Red Cross, the UN World Food Programme and the Red Crescent Society.This employee match program includes all individual employee donations up to $1,000. “My family members in the Philippines lost homes and are among the many who have immediateneeds for food, shelter and supplies,” said Joan Ferguson, a Monsanto colleague who is originally fromBiliran Island in the Philippines. “While we try to reach them and pray for their well-being, I am thankfulto see my company and colleagues working to help farmers and victims in the devastated areas.” “Our relationships with partners and stakeholders are based on trust and the spirit of caring andsharing,” said Gawad Kalinga’s Executive Director Luis Oquinena “We have previously worked withMonsanto and we saw how this partnership has made a difference.” Others who want to join Monsanto in helping those in the Philippines rebuild following TyphoonYolanda can contact The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) atwww.ifrc.org or the UN World Food Programme at www.wfp.org. About Monsanto CompanyMonsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agriculturalproducts that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling bothsmall-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of ourworld's natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and ourcommitments, please visit: www.monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter® atwww.twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at www.monsantoblog.com, orsubscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

 

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