Monsanto India, a leading global biotechnology company has partnered with NGO Action for Food Production (AFPRO) for installation of over 2,500 sanitation units across rural India.
Poor sanitation conditions continue to remain a critical challenge in India, particularly in the rural areas posing a danger to the security and dignity of women. Open defecation is also seen as one of the main reasons for water contamination and other health related problems.
Under its corporate social responsibility programmes, the global genetically modified seeds company run two social programmes DISHA and SHARE. DISHA focuses on efforts in health, nutrition and education areas and is sharply focused on women and children in rural communities as the intended beneficiaries. Other than providing access to sanitation.
This programme across the states of Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and the Union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, follows a community participatory approach with the responsibility of ownership and maintenance of the toilet units lying with the individual households. As a part of this initiative, Monsanto has a target of building over 2,500 toilets of which 600+ household toilets and additionally has also set up 15 school sanitation units in government schools.
Commenting on this initiative, Arnab Das, Director, CSR & Sustainability, Monsanto India said, “Establishing household sanitation units across rural geographies is a small step in our commitment towards the communities that we work so closely with. Monsanto is committed to help improve lives of communities it operates in. Through this initiative, we are participating in inculcating better sanitation and hygiene practices.”