New Initiative to Move Food, Agricultural Policy Forward

Eight of the world’s biggest foundations launched May 3 an initiative that will focus on global food and agricultural policy issues as population growth continues to impact food production and put a strain on the world’s food supplies.

The initiative, dubbed AGree, aims to “nurture dialogue among diverse opinions on agriculture issues” and brings together a “diverse set of stakeholders including conventional and organic farmers, ranchers, nutritionists, energy experts, environmentalists, financiers, international aid veterans and public health specialists,” according to a press release.

The Ford Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Walton Family Foundation are funding AGree.

Skyrocketing food prices sparked riots across the Middle East and North Africa, which led to the downfall of long-standing regimes in Egypt and Tunisia earlier this year, Bloomberg reports.

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    Louie-An Pilapil

    Louie-An is a former senior development analyst at Devex Manila. She has held consulting and editorial positions at the Asian Development Bank in Manila and a business-to-business media company in Hong Kong and mainland China.