Inter-American Development Bank Joins Global Harvest Initiative as a Consultative Partner

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Inter-American Development Bank Joins
Global Harvest Initiative as a Consultative Partner

WASHINGTON, D.C./August 20, 2014 – The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) today welcomed the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to its collaboration of consultative partner organizations dedicated to sustainably meeting the future agricultural demand of a growing global population.  GHI works to improve global agricultural productivity for farmers of all sizes and in all regions of the world.

This new partnership with the IDB 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.

“The Global Harvest Initiative is very pleased to welcome the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to our consultative partnership,” said Dr. Margaret Zeigler, GHI Executive Director. “The IDB is recognized as a regional leader in sustainable partnerships to improve the livelihoods and economic growth of citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean.” 

“GHI and the IDB have established an excellent working relationship through our recent joint policy paper, The Next Global Breadbasket: How Latin America Can Feed the World, continued Zeigler.  “We share a common mission—to help feed the world sustainably by 2050 and to empower farmers and producers across the region to be part of the global solution.”

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.

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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About The Global Harvest Initiative:
The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) is the private-sector voice for productivity growth throughout the agricultural value chain to meet the demands of a growing world. Every year GHI releases its signature GAP Report®, an annual benchmark of the global rate of agricultural productivity. Established in 2009, GHI’s growing membership includes Accenture, DuPont, Elanco, John Deere, and Monsanto. Visit us at: http://www.globalharvestinitiative.org; Twitter @Harvest2050 http://twitter.com/#!/harvest2050; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GlobalHarvestInitiative.