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Global Harvest Initiative Welcomes Jesus Madrazo as 2014 Chairman of the Board of Directors Featured Article

Jesus Madrazo, vice president of Corporate Engagement for Monsanto, was recently named chairman of the Board of Directors of Global Harvest Initiative (GHI). GHI is a private-sector voice for productivity growth throughout the agricultural value chain to sustainably meet the demands of a growing world. GHI’s Margaret Zeigler talked to Madrazo about his background and the challenges faced globally in meeting growing food needs sustainably.

Margaret Zeigler: Jesus, we are delighted to have you lead the Global Harvest Initiative Board of Directors in 2014 as our new Board Chairman. How did you come to be involved in global agriculture?… Full Article »

Global Harvest Initiative: How Latin America Can Feed the World Featured Article

Today, the Global Harvest Initiative is releasing a new report, “How Latin America Can Feed the World.” This major, collaborative policy report provides a rationale for why Latin America has a critical role to play in helping to feed the world.

The report includes a detailed menu of recommendations and specific examples of partnerships that illustrate how countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Central America (LAC) can harness their potential to more productively and sustainably be a regional and global breadbasket for food, fiber, feed and fuel demand. The report focuses on key elements of food supply and food … Full Article »

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2013 GAP Report: The Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Featured Article

By Dr. Margaret Zeigler
Global Harvest Initiative 

Today, October 16, the Global Harvest Initiative released our 2013 GAP Report® at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa. The African presence at the World Food Prize is always significant. Dignitaries, farmers, agricultural experts, and international development professionals, among many others, travel to Des Moines from far and wide to learn and to meet new people that share their vision to improve global food and nutrition security.

It is always great to be a part of the World Food Prize and to experience first-hand the collective power of people … Full Article »

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Technology Is Vital to Increasing Food and Nutrition Security Featured Article

By Dr. Margaret Zeigler
Global Harvest Initiative

The May 21, 2013, Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium brought government, business, and civil society leaders together to capitalize on the power of connecting science, trade, and business to end hunger and poverty. At Global Harvest Initiative, these concepts are woven into our policy and investment priorities that can improve productivity throughout the value chain and sustainably meet the demands of a growing world.

The application of new and existing technologies across the agricultural value chain is a significant factor in raising agricultural productivity. Science-based technology, such as seed and fertilizer, … Full Article »

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The Right Policies to Feed the World while Preserving Natural Resources Featured Article

By Dr. Margaret Zeigler
Global Harvest Initiative 

How can we feed the estimated nine billion people that will be on our planet by 2050, and do so in a way that preserves water, soil, air, forests, and environmental systems needed for our survival?  As I wrote with Dr. Roberto Lenton on The Chicago Council’s Global Food for Thought blog, extreme weather in 2012 caused disruption for global food systems. Serious climate challenges compound the impact of our growing population and rising incomes in developing and transition countries on the global food supply.

The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) and … Full Article »

Global Harvest Initiative’s 3rd Productivity Report Featured Article

Yesterday at the World Food Prize meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, the partners (of which Monsanto is one) of the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) announced the 2012 report on “Measuring Global Agricultural Productivity.” 

That’s a mouthful of a title for an important report on what is happening around the world agricultural productivity – an attempt to quantify and pinpoint what is going on in different regions of the world. 

Key findings in the 2012 report include: 

  • Food demand in Asia will result primarily from rising incomes rather than population increases.
  • In the Middle East and Africa, a growing food gap
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