GHI and GAIN Formalize a New Partnership

Posted by on October 2nd, 2014 | 0 Comments »

The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) is excited to welcome The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) as a new Consultative Partner in our collaborative membership. GAIN joins a distinguished group of conservation organizations, universities, research centers, and development specialists whose insights and experience informs GHI’s policy voice on agricultural productivity growth, food security and nutrition.

“This new partnership with GAIN builds upon our common goals of assuring a supply of nutritious and sustainable food in order to meet the coming global agriculture demand of 2050” said Dr. Margaret Zeigler, Executive Director of GHI.

Launched at the UN in 2002, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is an international organization established to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. GAIN builds alliances between governments, business and civil society – to find and deliver solutions to the complex problem of malnutrition. GAIN has a global presence with representational offices in 16 countries worldwide.

Marc Van Ameringen, Executive Director, GAIN said; “We are delighted to be collaborating with GHI to reach the common goal of improving global food and nutrition security. We look forward to working together to develop food value chains that deliver nutrition to the most vulnerable populations.”

More than half of the world’s population is adversely affected by one, or more, forms of malnutrition: under-nutrition, obesity, or micronutrient deficiency. Malnutrition exists in all countries and all socio-economic classes. GHI and GAIN believe that one of the keys to addressing this global nutrition imperative is a policy environment which promotes the development of food value chains that allow a variety of nutritious food choices to reach markets and the people who need them. By strengthening the value chain, GAIN’s agriculture and nutrition program makes nutritious diets more affordable and accessible for vulnerable populations across the world.

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GHI’s forthcoming 2014 Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®) highlights the particular challenges faced in India – a focus country for GAIN. India is a country moving forward by taking steps to improve their agriculture and food and nutrition security profile. One of GAIN’s programs in India provides key support and technical assistance for the country’s efforts to improve nutrition through the fortification of staple foods like flour and oil.

GAIN joins GHI’s other partners, such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), ACDI/VOCA, Congressional Hunger Center, Conservation International, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Purdue University College of Agriculture, The Nature Conservancy, TransFarm Africa/NewMarkets Lab, The Robert S. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, and the World Wildlife Fund. These organizations all support GHI’s mission by providing guidance on its programs, policies, and annual GAP Report®.

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