The human population reached seven billion in 2011 and is expected to reach nine billion by 2050. This means crop production will need to double in the next 40 years to sustain demand. More food, fiber and fuel will be required to nourish and supply the energy demanded by our increasing population. Balanced crop nutrition is critical for sustainable production and optimization of land productivity, both in new and existing agricultural areas. As a result of increased standard of living around the world, people are improving their diets and demanding higher quality products rich in protein and minerals. Mosaic is committed to increasing both the quantity and quality of crop production.
Mosaic's agronomy team provides crop nutrition solutions through product and nutrient management, innovation and by educating our customers around the world. From conducting research and developing new product concepts to leading the way with the latest agricultural technologies and sustainable nutrient management practices, Mosaic agronomists help the world grow the food it needs.
Climate Change and Advanced Agronomic Systems
A recent report from the *Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change identified key action points to achieve food security in the face of climate change. Some of these key action points are to develop farming systems that emphasize closing the yield gap and improving human nutrition. At Mosaic, we are developing advanced agronomic systems to close the yield gap and transfer agronomic knowledge to smallholder farmers through the Mosaic Villages Project.
The Mosaic Villages Project
One example of Mosaic working toward closing the yield gap and improving diets around the globe is The Mosaic Villages Project, a partnership with HELPS International, the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD) and Millennium Promise. The Mosaic Villages Project works with smallholder farmers in Guatemala, India, and eight African countries to help break the cycle of poverty, moving farmers from survival to surplus.
Agronomic training is essential for these farmers, as they suffer from depleted soils and lack the land-management knowledge necessary to farm productively and sustainably. Mosaic’s agronomists teach these farmers modern methods that increase yields and protect the local ecosystem.
Learn more about The Mosaic Villages Project from the 2012 Sustainability Report and discover that in rural agrarian economies, the targeted use of mineral fertilizer generates an immediate return on investment. Mosaic incorporates 4R Nutrient Stewardship planning as a key strategy in meeting these objectives.
Left photo: a corn ear with Mosaic's program (left) and a corn ear with traditional management (right).
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