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Archive for APRIL, 2011

Global Harvest Initiative Urges Thoughtful Consideration In U.S. Budget Discussions For Programs Addressing Global Hunger, Food Security

APRIL 28, 2011

There is little argument that the United States is currently facing a difficult fiscal environment against an accumulated debt of $14 trillion. In this environment, GHI acknowledges the necessity of budget reductions and a plan to implement the required fiscal discipline.

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MarketWatch™ Reporter Ian Berry on Just Released GHI Research Issue Brief

APRIL 21, 2011

MarketWatch™ agribusiness reporter Ian Berry wrote a brief article (excerpts below) summarizing the just released GHI issue brief on the need for improved research funding, structure and collaboration in order to increase the rate of agricultural productivity to double agricultural output in the next 40 years.

Berry outlined a few key elements from the issue brief in his summary.

Here are a few important details that could be added to build on to the story:

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Hunger, Food Security Focus of Just Released Global Harvest Initiative Issue Brief

APRIL 20, 2011

On April 20, the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) released the first of five policy issue briefs bringing a global focus to meeting the agricultural needs of a rapidly growing global population by increasing the rate of agricultural productivity; a recent GHI report suggests that the rate of agricultural productivity must increase at a minimum of 25 percent per year to meet future demand and double output over the next 40 years.

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The Link Between Food Prices and Political Unrest

APRIL 13, 2011

In the Wall Street Journal blog series ‘Number of the Week’, reporter Mark Whitehouse outlines the findings of a report by International Monetary Fund economists Rabah Arezki and Markus Brueckner, which examines the link between food inflation and political unrest around the globe.

Whitehouse notes that “despotic leaders, entrenched inequality, and new forms of communications” all contributed to the turmoil in the Middle East, but new research points to global food prices as a contributing factor.

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