Engaging Davao del Sur students in agricultural sustainability seminars

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Emmanuel Ferrer ( third from the left ), Nazareth High School president, Jean Somera, Monsanto Research associate; Cherie Lou Ocampo, Monsanto Human Resources lead; LoretaCorta, Nazareth High School principals, Nazareth High School principal, Paul Garrido, Nazareth High School treasurer; Maribelledelos Reyes, Monsanto assistant HR manager; and Jorgen Abellera, Monsanto Corn Breeder and Plant Pathology Lead for Asia Pacific

Emmanuel Ferrer ( third from the left ), Nazareth High School president, Jean Somera, Monsanto Research associate; Cherie Lou Ocampo, Monsanto Human Resources lead; LoretaCorta, Nazareth High School principals, Nazareth High School principal, Paul Garrido, Nazareth High School treasurer; Maribelledelos Reyes, Monsanto assistant HR manager; and Jorgen Abellera, Monsanto Corn Breeder and Plant Pathology Lead for Asia Pacific

Monsanto, a sustainable agriculture company, continues to empower farmers while delivering agricultural products that support farmers from all over the globe.

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A Monsanto team recently held back-to-back seminars to over 980 students at the University of the Philippines Mindanao and Nazareth High School. Entitled, Monsanto and the Work That We Do, the series of seminars covered the following relevant topics:

Sustainable Agriculture; Careers in Monsanto; Choosing a Career in Agriculture; An employee’s testimonial about the company; Monsanto’s Corporate Social Responsibility; and Working with a Great Place to Work in the Field of Agriculture.

“We make it a point to reach out to students because they have a lot of potential to make a difference in the agriculture sector,” Corporate Affairs Lead Charina Garrido-Ocampo explained.

“The aim of our continuous student outreach is not only to highlight the need for relevant partnerships with academic organizations, but also to raise awareness amongsour young intellectuals on the state of the agricultural industry today. We also hope to spark their interests by showing how pertinent the issue of food sustainability is and sharing the available personal development opportunities that come along with the careers in agricultural companies, such as Monsanto,” Ocampo added.

Regulatory Affairs Lead Dr. Gabriel Romero, Human Resources Lead Cherie Lou Ocampo, Assistant Manager Maribelle Delos Reyes, Research Associate Jean Somera, and Corn Breeder and Plant Pathology Lead for Asia Pacific Jorgen Abellera also spoke to the students about their respective fields of expertise. They answered questions from the audience to let the students understand further what they have discussed.

“Monsanto & the Work that We Do” has been ongoing since last year and has already reached around 1650 students. Aside from Nazareth High School and UP Mindanao, Monsanto has also engaged students at the Mariano Marcos State University and the Mindanao State University-General Santos.

Through various pertinent programs and partnerships, Monsanto is committed in collaborating with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges in terms of nourishing our growing world.

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