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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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Global Harvest Initiative Calls for Streamlined and Strengthened Development Assistance Programs to Increase Agricultural Productivity, Address Food Security

MAY 31, 2011

On May 31, The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) published its latest issue brief outlining recommendations to optimize and leverage development assistance programs in order to address global hunger and food security by sustainably increasing the rate of global agricultural productivity.

The issue brief, “Strengthening and Streamlining Development Assistance Programs,” acknowledges the benefits of the more than $58 billion in foreign assistance delivered by the U.S. Government each year, but outlines the importance of increased collaboration and efficiency among these programs and the organizations that manage them to maximize benefits and help alleviate the growing challenges of hunger and food security.

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GAP Report™ Media Coverage

OCTOBER 19, 2010
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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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