GHI and IDB formalize partnership

Posted by on August 20th, 2014 | 0 Comments »

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has joined the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) as a Consultative Partner.  IDB joins a distinguished group of conservation groups, universities, research centers, and non-governmental organizations whose insights and experience informs GHI’s private sector policy voice on agricultural productivity growth.

Founded in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank is the major source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, with a strong emphasis to achieve measurable outcomes, increased integrity, transparency, and accountability. The IDB provides loans, grants, technical assistance, and research as well as forges policy dialogue. The Bank’s shareholders are 48 member countries, including 26 Latin American and Caribbean borrowing members.

This new partnership builds on our common goals of ensuring that the Latin American and Caribbean region achieve its great potential to serve as a source of sustainable food, feed, fiber and fuel to meet the coming global agriculture demand of 2050, when more than 9 billion people will live on our planet.   GHI and the IDB believe that an enabling policy environment will enhance agricultural productivity, conserve environmental resources, and support farmers and producers along the agricultural value chain.

This partnership grows out of a collaboration that began in 2013 when GHI and IDB pulled together more than 30 companies and organizations to create a groundbreaking report on Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) agriculture.  The report, The Next Global Breadbasket: How Latin America Can Feed the World, describes the tremendous opportunity for agricultural productivity growth in the LAC region.  It outlines key policy recommendations that will build LAC’s capacity for environmentally and socially sustainable agricultural production.  Published in English, Spanish and Portuguese, the report has been downloaded more than 5,200 times and has received extensive print, online, and broadcast media coverage throughout Latin America, as well as in Europe, Africa, and Australia.

LAC Report Flyer

The Inter-American Development Bank joins ACDI/VOCA, Congressional Hunger Center, Conservation International, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Purdue University College of Agriculture, The Nature Conservancy, TransFarm Africa/NewMarkets Lab, Robert S. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, and the World Wildlife Fund as a GHI consultative partner. These organizations support GHI’s mission by providing guidance on its programs, policies, and annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®).

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