Building Capacity Where It Is Needed Most
In response to the growing food crisis, in 2008 Mosaic launched the Village Project to help communities grow the food they need by providing resources beyond fertilizers to raise productivity. Mosaic's cross-functional Village Team launched their efforts with projects to help combat extreme hunger in India, Africa and Guatemala.
- In two Indian villages, Mosaic agronomists are working with farmers to help them improve their lives. Taking a hands-on approach, our agronomists are teaching local farmers better agricultural practices and helping them build irrigation infrastructure to create a sustainable model to increase productivity. Farmers are already enjoying better yields, higher crop quality and a sharp increase in understanding best farm practices.
- In Guatemala, Mosaic formed a partnership with HELPS International, an organization that works in Latin America and uses an integrated model of medical care, education, community and economic development and agricultural innovations. To date, Mosaic has donated $560,000 to purchase fertilizer for six villages and provide cooperative funding for safe stoves and water filtration kits for 300 families. In one year, crop yields increased from one metric ton per hectare to four metric tons per hectare. The aim is to increase yield to six metric tons per hectare by 2010.
- In Africa, Mosaic formed a partnership with Millennium Promise, an organization that believes that poor villages can transform themselves if they are empowered with proven, practical technologies. Our goal with Millennium Promise is to improve farm productivity. Mosaic committed to deliver 2,640 metric tons of DAP per year for three years. We also donated up to $600,000 for costs to bag and transport the product from our facility in Florida to villages in seven African countries covering 55,250 households (approximately 277,000 people).