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New Report Finds $90B Annual Agricultural Investment Gap

JUNE 27, 2011

Enhanced Private Sector Involvement Required To Meet Needs of 9 Billion By 2050

On June 27, the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) released its final policy issue brief which estimates a $90 billion annual agricultural investment gap and outlines the significant role of the private sector in closing this gap and addressing global food security.

The policy issue brief, “Enhancing Private Sector Involvement in Agriculture and Rural Infrastructure Development,” points to the private sector as one of the key influencers in creating economic growth, raising global incomes, and feeding a population anticipated to reach nine billion people by 2050.

“With a $90 billion annual investment gap in the agricultural sector of developing countries, the task of doubling agricultural productivity in 40 years is a formidable one,” said Dr. William G. Lesher, Executive Director of the Global Harvest Initiative. “There are simply not enough resources in either developed or developing nations to bridge this sizable gap, so enhanced private sector involvement is the key to improving agricultural and rural development to ensure that the world’s future agricultural needs are met.”

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Former Presidents of Brazil, Ghana Honored as 2011 World Food Prize Laureates

JUNE 21, 2011

John Agyekum Kufuor, former president of Ghana, and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil have both been honored as 2011 World Food Prize Laureates for their successful efforts in helping to alleviate hunger and poverty in their respective countries.

Due to Kufuor and Lula da Silva’s leadership and sustained commitment to fighting hunger and poverty, Ghana and Brazil both saw dramatic reductions in hunger and poverty rates during the course of their tenure.

Both former presidents will be officially awarded at The World Food Prize 25th Anniversary Laureate Award Ceremony on October 13, in Des Moines, Iowa. Since 1987, The World Food Prize has recognized individuals with notable achievements in increasing the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.

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Global Harvest Initiative Issue Brief: Embracing Science-Based Technologies Critical to Increase Agricultural Productivity and Enhance Global Food Security

JUNE 13, 2011

On June 13, the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) published a new policy issue brief which highlights the importance of science-based technologies in sustainably addressing the mounting challenges of global hunger and food security in order to feed an anticipated nine billion people globally by 2050.

The policy issue brief, “Embracing Science-Based Technologies,” suggests that closing the global agricultural productivity gap between supply and demand and meeting the needs of a growing population will require the embrace of existing and new technologies and innovations that are scientifically proven to safely and effectively increase agricultural productivity.

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What Will it Take to Feed 9 Billion People by 2050?

JUNE 07, 2011

At an event today, the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agriculture, Innovation and Productivity for the 21st Century released a report concluding that, in order to feed the anticipated population of 9 billion by 2050, collaboration among governments, NGOs and the private sector will need to be on an unprecedented scale – the challenges of food security are significant, and the time to act is now.

Among the speakers at the DuPont Advisory Committee meeting was J.B. Penn, Chief Economist of Deere and Company. According to Penn, “Closing the food productivity gap will require significant capital investments in developing countries, most of which ultimately must come from the private sector.”

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