Private sector emerges as key partner in food aid

By Josh Miller 04 November 2010

The private sector opens an alternative and often quicker avenue to success in the arena of food security. Photo by: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank

For development practitioners and nonprofit organizations looking to work in the burgeoning arena of food security, the private sector opens an alternative – and often quicker – avenue to success. Public donors increasingly are counting on the business community to help meet the first Millennium Development Goal of halving hunger by 2015.

Ahead of the World Summit on Food Security last November in Italy, the United Nations convened a forum to kindle cooperation with major companies involved in the global food chain.

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“We would like to emphasize that the many possible initiatives the private sector might undertake can only be effective within a broad strategy that brings together all stakeholders,” participants at the U.N. forum said in a joint statement. “We consider that strong partnerships are critical, and that there are important untapped opportunities for partnerships involving farmers, the food industry, governments, international organizations, NGOs, and donors.”

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Josh Miller

Josh joined Devex's Washington office in early 2010 as an international development correspondent covering U.S. aid reform, the DC development scene and Latin America. He previously served as a marketing communications coordinator for TechnoServe, a news production specialist for the Associated Press and a news desk assistant for the PBS NewsHour. He has reported for publications in Caracas, Chicago, Madrid, New Delhi, Philadelphia and Washington, and holds a bachelor's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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