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Archive for OCTOBER, 2010

2010 World Food Prize Remarks

OCTOBER 21, 2010
Kofi Annan

“Despite the huge importance of agriculture to Africa’s economies, the continent’s commercial banks typically extend less than 3 percent of their lending to this sector. We must make this right; agriculture is a business it must be financed like one.

The huge need to provide farmers and agri-businesses with affordable credit is beginning to be met. AGRA and its partners have already mobilized $160 million in affordable loans from local commercial banks through credit guarantees.

This is unprecedented and the effort to expand access will continue. We are seeing as well investment and support for agro-dealer networks that are building thousands of rural businesses across the continent.

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GAP Report™ Media Coverage

OCTOBER 19, 2010
World Food Prize Logo

The October 13 event to launch the Global Harvest Initiative’s inaugural Global Agricultural Productivity Report™ and Global Agricultural Productivity Index™ brought together many experts and leaders from the agricultural industry. Below are a few select links to articles, as well as additional media coverage of Executive Director Bill Lesher resulting from the launch of the Gap Report™ at the 2010 World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa.

“Wal-Mart to boost buying from small and local farms” – Reuters – October 14, 2010

“Wal-Mart, they are a very big outfit. If they require their suppliers to meet sustainability requirements, that will have significant implications,” said Bill Lesher, executive director of the Global Harvest Initiative… “It will benefit large farmers, small farmers; it will be helpful to everyone.”

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Global Harvest Initiative Launches 2010 GAP Report™ at World Food Prize

OCTOBER 13, 2010

On Wednesday October 13, The Global Harvest Initiative launched the 2010 GAP Report™ developed with the Farm Foundation, NFP and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economics Research Service (ERS). The GAP Report™ quantifies for the first time the difference between the current rate of global agricultural productivity growth and the pace required to meet future needs.

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USAID’s Dr. Rajiv Shah: “Investing in Agriculture Critical to Breaking the Shackles of Poverty”

OCTOBER 01, 2010
Rajiv Shah visits a tent city in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

During his remarks at the September 21 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah focused on economic empowerment, and the importance of increasing agricultural productivity:

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