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Agriculture and Food Security

Global population is expected to rise from about 6.8 billion today to more than 9 billion by 2050. Growing enough food to feed 9 billion people—and doing so in an ecologically sustainable manner —promises to be a monumental challenge. Meridian Institute’s professionals have convened and managed numerous collaborative projects related to agriculture and food security both within the United States as well as internationally. Throughout the process, we have developed specialized expertise and built relationships with key experts on all sides of these issues. A number of our projects address food security in Africa, where political, economic, social, health, technological, and environmental challenges threaten human survival on a daily basis. Other projects are of a global nature, addressing issues such as the protection of and access to plant genetic resources, the role of emerging technologies (including biotechnology and nanotechnology) in promoting sustainable agriculture, the environmental impacts of agriculture, the effect of biofuels on food security, and the linkages between agriculture and climate change. In these projects we have worked with local farmers as well as leaders at international agricultural research institutions, universities, government agencies, biotechnology firms, agribusiness companies, environmental organizations, international aid organizations, and private foundations. In addition to collaborative problem-solving processes that bring together these types of stakeholders, we offer a free electronic news service—Food Security and Ag-Biotech News—that have consistently covered the most important global developments related to agriculture, food security, and agricultural biotechnology since 2000. Food Security and Ag-Biotech News provides succinct summaries of the most important news, to help busy people interested in these topics stay informed. In short, our agriculture and food security projects strive to connect the right people with apt information, and to combine cutting-edge thinking about science, policy, law, and governance with the interests of farmers, consumers, and citizens. Through accomplishing these goals we seek to ensure a sustainable food supply now and for decades to come.

he Global Agriculture and Food Security Program

 The private sector window is designed to provide long and short term loans. IFAD). World Bank. UN agencies. The objective is to address the underfunding of country and regional agriculture and food security strategic investment plans already being developed by countries in consultation with donors and other stakeholders at the country-level. This will make aid contributions toward the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal 1 to cut hunger and poverty by half by 2015 more predictable. The private sector window is managed separately by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) with the annual investment plans submitted to and endorsed by the (public sector window) Steering Committee. potential Supervising Entities (MDBs. credit guarantees and equity to support private sector activities for improving agricultural development and food security.The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) is a multilateral mechanism to assist in the implementation of pledges made by the G20 in Pittsburgh in September 2009. The GAFSP includes both a public and private sector financing window: Click here to expand this section  The public sector window assists strategic country-led or regional programs that result from sector-wide country or regional consultations and planning exercises such as CAADP in Africa. The GAFSP is implemented as a Financial Intermediary Fund for which the World Bank serves as Trustee. The public sector window is under the external governance of a Steering Committee composed of an equal number of voting donor and recipient representatives. The World Bank also hosts a small coordination unit that provides support to the GAFSP Steering Committee . and non-voting representatives from: the Trustee. and Civil Society Organizations.