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Monsanto

Helping Farmers Feed the World

Authors: Bell, David E.; Knoop, Carin-Isabel; Shelman, Mary
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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Monsanto has led the effort to bring biotechnology to bear on food production. Through some management missteps and consumer resistance the company had difficulties in its early years. But since Hugh Grant became CEO the picture has brightened with widespread adoption of the company's products. This case focuses on the company's product pipeline and the galvanizing effect of the CEO's promise to substantially improve global food production by 2030.

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Innovation and Knowledge Adoption for Local Firms in the Value Chain: The Story of 'White Gold' from Uzbekistan

Authors: Bekchanov, Maksud; Sepulveda, Alejandra; Hornidge, Anna-Katharina; Purwaningrum, Farah
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Center for Development Research (ZEF) - Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Publication Year: 2010

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The present paper looks at the current system of cotton production as state-order crop in Uzbekistan and discusses possibilities of integrating environment and innovation in the value chain subsystem as an effort to move away from exporting cotton as raw material towards developing a cotton processing industry.

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Woolf Farming and Processing

Authors: Bell, David E.; Winig, Laura; Shelman, Mary
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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Woolf Farming Company, a privately owned family farming business in California's Central Valley, found its business threatened by a lack of water, brought on by a combination of drought, poor quality well water and unavailability of surface water due to federally imposed pumping restrictions.

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Fashion Futures 2025: Global Scenarios for a Sustainable Fashion Industry

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Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Forum for the Future, Levi Strauss & Co.
Publication Year: 2010

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If we understand what the future may hold we can prepare for it, spot promising new ventures and even help shape the direction it takes...

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Farmstar Goes Global: Corporate Entrepreneurship Bringing Sustainable Value Innovation to Agribusinesses

Authors: Warr, Benjamin; Van Wassenhove, Luk; Carrick-Cagna, Anne-Marie
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2010

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Farmstar provides farmers with recommendations throughout the growing season and enabled subscribers to manage their crops with unprecedented precision. The technology’s potential was enormous...

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Diamond Foods

Authors: Bell, David E.; Shelman, Mary
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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CEO Michael Mendes has transformed a grower-owned cooperative into a publicly traded top marketer of snack foods. Diamond's organization, culture, product development process, advertising and promotion strategy, and specifically its marketing department have been built "from the ground up" to address fundamental changes in retail structure and consumer behavior. Can the Diamond model be successfully applied to other food categories?

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Monsanto Europe (A, B)

Authors: Wesley, David T.A.; Lane, Henry W.; Spital, Francis
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2009

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Monsanto, one of the world's largest producers of commodity chemicals, had decided to focus its operations on the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The first shipment of genetically modified soybeans arrived in Europe in November of 1996...

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CARE Kenya: Making Social Enterprise Sustainable

Authors: Ewart, Tom; Bansal, Pratima
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2009

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CARE's Rural Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness Promotion project is a new, market-driven approach to development in Kenya. While the project has been successful from a development standpoint, it is not commercially viable...

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Tembec Inc. (A, B)

Creating Value by Managing Stakeholder Tension & Implementing Solutions to Stakeholder Tensions

Authors: Bansal, Pratima; Ewart, Tom
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2009

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On November 29, 1998, Frank Dottori, president and chief executive officer of Tembec Inc. was trying to pull together a response to the recommendations by the Ontario government for the Lands for Life program. He was worried about the recommendation to increase protected areas, which he thought would further polarize the industry's stakeholders and financially threaten his company...

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Toxic Waters: Health Ills Abound as Farm Runoff Fouls Wells

Author: Duhigg, Charles
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2009

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The Clean Water Act of 1972 largely regulates only chemicals or contaminants that move through pipes or ditches, which means it does not typically apply to waste that is sprayed on a field and seeps into groundwater.

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