Global Harvest Initiative Welcomes Elanco to Membership

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Global Harvest Initiative Welcomes Elanco to Membership

Global Animal Health Leader Brings New Expertise to Help Achieve Mission of Sustainably
Increasing Agricultural Productivity

Washington, DC/March 19, 2012 – The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) today welcomed its latest member, global animal health and food productivity leader Elanco, joining the ranks of GHI member companies DuPont, John Deere, IBM and Monsanto. Collectively the companies will continue GHI’s mission to sustainably double agricultural output to address the global challenges of hunger and food security.

“Elanco’s expertise is a valuable addition to the Global Harvest Initiative. The company is a recognized leader with a solid track record of commitment to innovative solutions that address global hunger and food security with a focus on the best interests of people, animals, and the environment,” said Jerry Flint, GHI board chairman and vice president of Biotech Affairs and Regulatory for Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business. “The collaboration and shared mission of GHI’s growing membership of top agricultural, technology, and now animal health experts is unique in the food security space. Today more than ever GHI is focused on policy, action, and the importance of moving the dialogue beyond the well-known and established challenges of feeding nine billion global citizens by 2050.”

“Joining GHI complements Elanco’s aligned vision and approach to addressing food security,” said Claudia Garcia, Senior Director of Global Corporate Affairs, Elanco. “GHI has demonstrated its ability to make an impact on hunger and food security, and we look forward to contributing to real solutions on global food affordability and availability through the leadership of GHI.”

Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, aims to ensure a growing supply of safe, affordable, and abundant food through its focus on improved animal health and well being, increased animal productivity and enhanced food safety. Elanco is an active participant in the fight to end global hunger through its corporate responsibility program and its efforts to improve access to technology globally.

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Established in 2009, The Global Harvest Initiative is a partnership among DuPont, IBM, John Deere, and Monsanto with the goal of addressing hunger and food security by sustainably closing the global agricultural productivity gap. Every year, GHI releases its signature GAP Report™, an annual benchmark of the global rate of agricultural productivity. For information about membership, programs, and for resources, videos and reports, visit http://www.globalharvestinitiative.org. Join us on Twitter @Harvest2050 and Facebook.