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Monthly Archives: October 2014

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 […]

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, […]

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

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 […]

Private Sector Mechanism Endorsement of the Principles for Responsible Agriculture Investments

Statement by the Private Sector Mechanism On the Occasion of the CFS 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 […]

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 […]

Keith Polo Addresses the Plenary

Thank you Madam Chair. My name is Keith Polo, I am the country lead for Malawi for the Clinton Foundation. My role is focused on building partnerships and facilitating investments in Africa. In Africa perhaps more than anywhere else, agriculture holds the key to broad-based economic growth, poverty reduction and food security. Agriculture generates on […]

John Young Simpson Addresses the Plenary

Thank you very much Madame Chairperson, your excellencies, My name is John Young Simpson, Head of Africa Investments for a Singapore-based asset manager, Duxton Asset Management, which has 23 direct investments in agribusiness and emerging markets globally. Over the past three years Duxton has been working closely with the private sector and civil society mechanisms […]

China Pledges $50 million to FAO in Support of South-South Cooperation

China has announced a $50 million donation to FAO to support the Organization’s program of “South-South cooperation” to improve food security and promote sustainable agricultural development over the next five years. Chinese Premiere Li Keqiang made the announcement today in a speech at FAO ahead of tomorrow’s World Food Day celebrations. It was his first […]

Rabobank Releases Flagship Report and Ten Big Ideas Infographic

Rabobank presented its 2014 flagship report – Unleashing the potential for Global F&A: A Call for Innovation and Leadership in Washington during the Duisenberg Lecture that was held in conjunction with the Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank. This year Rabobank introduces ten innovation-driven big ideas, the adoption of which could dramatically change […]

Private Sector Delegates to ICN2 Negotiations, October 2014

Tackling Pulse Markets and Stability

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 12:45 – 14:15 / Lunch Provided Iran Room – FAO Headquarters Pulses play a significant role in enhancing global food and nutrition security, environmental protection and enhancing the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. However, significant market access challenges are creating trade unpredictability, limiting the sector’s ability to fully realize its potential to […]