Global Harvest Initiative Supports Partnering for Food Security

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Released Proposal on September 26, 2009

We're committed to working with Secretary Clinton and others in the food security, agriculture and conservation arenas to meet the world's growing demand in a sustainable way that transcends agriculture and promotes political stability in many parts of the world

The Global Harvest Initiative voiced support for the food security proposal outlined by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on September 26 in New York. http://www.state.gov/s/globalfoodsecurity/129626.htm

Based on projections from the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization, agriculture will need to double output by 2050. The Global Harvest Initiative brings together public and private entities to help close the increasing gap between the world's agricultural production capacity and what will be required to meet the needs of a growing population.

"We're committed to working with Secretary Clinton and others in the food security, agriculture and conservation arenas to meet the world's growing demand in a sustainable way that transcends agriculture and promotes political stability in many parts of the world," said Dr. William G. Lesher, executive director of Global Harvest Initiative. "Success will require a concerted effort to facilitate and expand agricultural innovations worldwide and across producers of all sizes. It will also require substantial investment by both public and private entities along with policy reform and new development initiatives."

The Global Harvest Initiative is working with a diverse group of thought leaders to examine policies that will support the goal of doubling agriculture output by 2050, including:

  •     increasing competitive agricultural research
  •     enhancing food security through freer trade in agriculture goods and products
  •     improving the effectiveness of U.S. foreign development assistance activities
  •     offering greater incentives for innovation and conservation throughout the agriculture value chain
  •     promoting science-based approval of new technologies
  •     investing in infrastructure to reduce waste and efficiently connect farmers with markets

The Global Harvest Initiative is dedicated to spurring the development and sharing of agricultural innovations with those that need it most. For more information, visit http://www.globalharvestinitiative.org.

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