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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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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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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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Sensible Approach Key to Feeding the Hungry Millions

SEPTEMBER 23, 2010

Celebrity chefs and restaurant owners, authors, advocates, “Locavores” and groceries have significantly raised the profile of making food sustainable. “In other words,” writes Robert Paalberg, “organic, local and slow” (“Attention Whole Foods Shoppers,” Foreign Policy, May/June 2010).

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Hormats Addresses Importance of Investment in the Global Economy

SEPTEMBER 21, 2010

On September 6, Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs Richard D. Hormats addressed the World Investment Forum in Xiamen, China on how investment has shaped the global economic landscape.

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“Math Lessons for Locavores”

SEPTEMBER 12, 2010

It is logical to think that locally-grown food has less of an environmental impact than food that is grown and shipped across the country or abroad. But New York Times op-ed contributor Stephen Budiansky paints an interesting picture of the reality behind the energy and land use of agriculture (“Math Lessons for Locavores,” New York Times, August 19, 2010).

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