Global Harvest Initiative Welcomes ACDI/VOCA

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Global Harvest Initiative Welcomes ACDI/VOCA

WASHINGTON/November 13, 2012 – The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) today welcomed ACDI/VOCA to its growing collaboration of companies and organizations dedicated to sustainably meeting the future agricultural demand of a growing global population.

“The Global Harvest Initiative is very pleased to welcome ACDI/VOCA,” said Dr. Margaret Zeigler, GHI executive director. “ACDI/VOCA’s expertise in sustainable agricultural development, empowering smallholder farmers, and identifying solutions to hunger and poverty applies to all of GHI’s broad policy areas.”

ACDI/VOCA joins as a consultative partner organization that will support GHI’s mission by providing guidance on its programs, policies, and annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®). Vice President for Outreach and Cooperative Programs Dr. Susan G. Schram, an experienced advocate for global agricultural development programs, has been appointed to coordinate ACDI/VOCA’s collaboration with GHI.

“ACDI/VOCA looks forward to working with GHI’s group of like-minded companies and organizations that share the common goal of increasing productivity across the agricultural value chain,” said Dr. Schram. “As highlighted in GHI’s recently released GAP Report®, there are many opportunities for collaboration to help address global poverty and food security.”


ACDI/VOCA is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes broad-based economic growth, higher living standards and vibrant communities in low-income countries and emerging democracies. The organization’s activities span the development continuum, from meeting basic needs to community stabilization, food security and nutrition, poverty alleviation, access to financial services and market integration. Learn more at

About The Global Harvest Initiative:
The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) is a private-sector voice for productivity growth throughout the agricultural value chain to sustainably meet the demands of a growing world. GHI believes the right policies can improve global food and nutrition security by accelerating agricultural productivity gains while conserving natural resources. Every year GHI releases its signature GAP Report®, an annual benchmark of the global rate of agricultural productivity. Established in 2009, GHI’s growing membership includes DuPont, Elanco, IBM, John Deere, and Monsanto. Visit us at, Twitter @Harvest2050, and Facebook