Robynne Anderson's Emerging Thoughts on Ag

Grant to Improve Nutrition Through Optimized Agricultural Interventions

My good friend Lindiwe Sibanda, CEO of The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), has made an exciting announcement – a $16 Million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to implement the “Improving Nutrition Outcomes through Optimized Agricultural Interventions (ATONU)” project.”

This project seeks to improve nutrition outcomes in smallholder farm families and poor households through tailored nutrition sensitive agriculture programs that ultimately benefit women of child bearing age and children in the first 1000 days of life.

The ATONU project consortium members include the Africa Innovations Institute in Uganda, Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, Agribusiness Systems International, an affiliate of ACDI/VOCA, Farm Africa, the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, the Leverhulme Center for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK. The ATONU project will be implemented over a six-year period, ending in December 2020. The focus countries for the project are: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and Uganda.

Visit the FANPRAN website to learn more about this exciting project.

Global Harvest Initiative’s 2014 GAP Report® Uncovers Productivity Gaps

The Global Harvest Initiative has released its 5th annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®), an annual snapshot of agricultural productivity growth measured against growth in global population and food demand.

Before a global audience of scientists, policymakers, agricultural industry leaders, farmers, and development professionals at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, leading experts pointed out that — for the first time in several years — global agricultural productivity is not accelerating fast enough to meet the expected agricultural demand by 2050 through sustainable practices.

In addition, the GAP Report’s regional analysis uncovers significant productivity gaps: Read More

Remarks by Hakan Bahceci, Chairman of International Agri-Food Network

Private Sector meets with the Director General of FAO

Private Sector meets with the Director General of FAO

Dr. Director General,

Thank you for taking the time to meet with us today. We truly welcome this opportunity and hope this is the continuation of a fine tradition.

This year our delegation to CFS is broader than ever. We have 90 delegates attending from 30 countries. Our teams come from different parts of the food chain, from farmers to traders and manufacturers.

We believe our delegation’s strength and diversity reflects the positive evolution of our relationship to CFS and to FAO. For example, we deeply appreciate the opening of an office space for the PSM secretariat here.

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Private Sector Mechanism Endorsement of the Principles for Responsible Agriculture Investments

Statement by the Private Sector Mechanism On the Occasion of the CFS

John-Paul Beens speaks on behalf of the Private Sector Mechanism following the endorsement of RAI.

John-Paul Beens speaks on behalf of the Private Sector Mechanism following the endorsement of RAI.

Rome, Italy, October 15 2014 – The Private Sector Mechanism welcomes the conclusion of the negotiations and the endorsement of the voluntary Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems as part of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome.

On behalf of the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) and the private sector mechanism, Hakan Bahceci, Chair of IAFN, thanked the FAO, member states, civil society members and other relevant stakeholders, for their willingness to listen the private sector concerns, value their participation, and be open to their contributions. “The Private Sector is proud to have been part of this process, which will contribute to enhance food security and sustainable livelihoods,” noted Bahceci.

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Cindy Brown Speaks on Behalf of Farmers

Cindy Brown Speaks on Behalf of Farmers

Cindy Brown Speaks on Behalf of Farmers

Thank you Madam Chair. My name is Cindy Brown, I am a farmer from the United States.

We welcome the conclusion of the negotiations on responsible agricultural investment. The guidelines can offer a useful framework for engaging investors and to ensure the potential of investments is realised.

However, as a farmer, this process has highlighted some core issues with the way farmers are being characterised, not only in the RAI outcomes but also often in other work streams under CFS.

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