President's Award

Mosaic

Presented to James Prokopanko, President and CEO
Mosaic 

As a global leader in crop nutrition, The Mosaic Company sits at the nexus of two of the world’s most pressing problems: food security and water scarcity. To fulfill the company’s mission of helping the world grow the food it needs, Mosaic has a responsibility to bring its financial resources, innovative spirit, and expertise to the table through strategic partnerships with innovative organizations. Mosaic addresses these issues with three focus areas: food, water, and local community investments.

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The Mosaic Villages Project works with its implementing partners to develop culturally relevant agricultural and community interventions: the Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD) in India, HELPS International in Guatemala, and Millennium Promise in Africa.

 

Mosaic’s CEO James T. Prokopanko has developed a corporate culture where giving and volunteering are encouraged from front-line staff in the plants and mines to the senior leadership team. James is a founding board member of The Mosaic Company Foundation. He has led Mosaic’s commitment to invest 1% of profits in the community and is involved in signature program development such as The Mosaic Villages Project, which started in 2008. For The Mosaic Villages Project, Jim requested a companywide campaign to educate employees and allocated company agronomists to support smallhold farmers.

Smallhold farmers around the world are trapped in a cycle of poverty, often struggling to feed themselves, much less generate a surplus of food. To address this issue, The Mosaic Villages Project has invested close to $9 million since its inception with support from both Mosaic and its foundation, bringing crop nutrients and expertise to local farmers in India, Guatemala, and eight African countries. Farmers receive no-interest loans to buy fertilizer at the time of planting and repay the loans through the sale of surplus yield at harvest. They also receive agricultural education and ongoing advice on science-based farming practices. Participants in these villages have increased their yields three to five times over traditional farming practices. James personally visits the villages and meets the farmers; he has seen firsthand how this project changes families’ lives.

 
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