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Healthier Sorghum for Africa

MAY 12, 2011

A $4 million grant will soon bring healthier sorghum to underserved communities in Africa. The grant, a partnership between the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and GHI-founding member DuPont, will help launch the development of biofortified sorghum, a more nutritious and digestible sorghum.

“We are very pleased to facilitate the funding of this valuable project in order to advance its development,” said Paul Anderson, Executive Director, Office of International Programs, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. “We have a strong interest in seeing sorghum make a greater contribution to the health and livelihood of African farmers.”

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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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USDA Launches Online Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America

MARCH 29, 2011

In February, USDA announced the debut of an online mapping tool that captures a broad range of demographic, economic, and agricultural data on rural areas across the United States. The Atlas of Rural and Small-town America, developed by USDA’s Economic Research Service, provides county-level mapping of over 60 statistical indicators depicting conditions and trends across different types of nonmetro regions.

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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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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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