The Role of the Private Sector in Sustainable Agricultural Development

Posted by on October 10th, 2011 | 0 Comments »

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts leading up to this year’s 25th Anniversary of The World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, where GHI will release the 2nd Annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report™ at its signature event on October 12, just before the event described below.

While most in the agriculture space recognize the importance of increasing private sector involvement in agricultural and rural infrastructure development, it is not often that four top agriculture executives have the opportunity to discuss the issue in a public forum. On October 12, in Des Moines, Iowa, executives from GHI’s four member companies will kick-off the 2011 World Food Prize Symposium with a CEO Roundtable: “The Role of Private Sector Involvement in Sustainable Agricultural Development.” The event, which will be webcast live on the World Food Prize website, will be an opportunity for an international audience to listen and interact with business leaders as they discuss topics including what developing countries can do to attract more private capital as well as the factors that impede private sector investment.

In GHI’s 2011 policy issue brief on enhancing private sector involvement, GHI Board Chairman, Dr. William G. Lesher, sums up well the significance of the private sector’s role: “There are simply not enough resources in the developed or developing nations to bridge the estimated $90 billion annual investment gap that exists today. Enhanced private sector involvement is fundamental to improving agricultural and rural development to ensure that the world’s future agricultural needs are met.”

Participants in the CEO Roundtable include:

  • Sam Allen – Chairman and CEO, Deere & Co.
  • Jim Borel – Executive Vice President, DuPont
  • Hugh Grant – Chairman, President and CEO, Monsanto Company
  • Richard Leach – President and CEO, World Food Program USA (Moderator)
  • Namanga Ngongi – President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  • Patricia Woertz – Chairman, CEO and President, Archer Daniels Midland Company

More information about the CEO Roundtable event is available here.

Read GHI’s policy brief on enhancing private sector involvement in agricultural and rural infrastructure development here.

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