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GHI Trade Issue Brief Sparks Interview with Voice of America

MAY 17, 2011
Voice of America

TransFarm Africa Director Katrin Kuhlman: “Trade Barriers Impede Food Security”

As a result of GHI’s May 9 issue brief release, “Removing Barriers to Global and Regional Trade in Agriculture,” Voice of America Reporter Joe De Capua held an interview with TransFarm Africa Director Katrin Kuhlman to discuss the issue brief and the importance of removing trade barriers for global food security. A GHI Consultative Partner, TransFarm Africa is based at The Aspen Institute and sits at the hub of a network of institutions and individuals working on food security, trade, and Africa’s agricultural development.

The article below appeared on Voice of America, May 16.

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Global Harvest Initiative Calls For The Removal of Trade Barriers in Policy Paper Addressing Global Hunger and Food Security

MAY 09, 2011

On May 9, the Global Harvest Initiative published the second of five issue briefs outlining policies to sustainably increase the rate of agricultural productivity and address hunger and food security in anticipation of a global population surge to over nine billion people by 2050.

The issue brief, “Removing Barriers to Global and Regional Trade in Agriculture,” highlights the critical importance of improving food and agricultural trade flows to counter the impact on agricultural supply resulting from changing weather patterns, urban population shifts, and limitations of water, land and inputs, among other factors.

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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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Agriculture a Major Focus at the 2011 World Economic Forum

FEBRUARY 07, 2011

At the 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, global industry leaders presented a report entitled: “Realizing The New Vision for Agriculture: A roadmap for stakeholders,” an action agenda designed to help increased food productivity and sustainability, drive economic growth and protect the environment.

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Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO Daniel Yohannes Featured on “African Voices”

DECEMBER 22, 2010

CNN International’s weekly television program “African Voices” recently profiled DanielYohannes, Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The program follows Yohannes from his beginnings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to becoming CEO of MCC, where he has vowed to help other countries willing to help themselves.

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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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President Obama’s Remarks at the Millennium Development Goals Summit

SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

On, Wednesday, September 22nd President Obama addressed members of the United Nations at the Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York City. He began his remarks reflecting on the goals and standards set by the United Nations over the past decade, and discussed the changing the approach to development, applying the lessons of the Green Revolution, improving crop yields, and the importance of investing in infrastructure and removing trade barriers.

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