Initiative Launched to Advance Sustainable Food and Agriculture Policies Worldwide (5/06/11)
With the global population expected to pass nine billion by 2050 and resources becoming ever more constrained, eight leading foundations have announced the launch of an initiative designed
to address long-term food and agricultural policy challenges.
Sponsored by the Gates, Hewlett, Packard, Walton Family, Kellogg, McKnight, Ford, and Rockefeller foundations, the AGree initiative aims to spur discussion and consideration of solutions to global food and agriculture problems across multiple sectors, including health, energy, rural economies, and the environment. To that end, the initiative will commission research and facilitate discussion among a diverse set of stakeholders, including conventional and organic farmers, ranchers, nutritionists, energy experts, environmentalists, financiers, international aid veterans, and public health specialists.
The launch of AGree comes at a pivotal moment for food and agriculture policy. Experts predict that over the next four decades the global population will increase 38 percent, swelling the
ranks of the 925 million people worldwide who currently suffer from under-nutrition or hunger. What's more, the challenges associated with feeding all those people are likely to be exacerbated by the limited amount of accessible arable land, increasing pressures on fresh water quality and availability, and accelerating environmental degradation.
"AGree will elevate the agriculture and food policy conversation," said Dan Glickman, who served as security of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Clinton administration. "We will make it clear to leaders and policy makers that, while difficult, solving food and agriculture issues is of utmost importance and can help solve other pressing problems including public health and the need for economic growth."
"New Initiative to Provide Path Forward for Transforming Food and Ag Policy." AGree Press Release 5/03/11. http://bit.ly/imXb1i