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Global Food Industry Reluctant Leaders of Smallholder Farming Revolution

REPRINT > by Hugh Locke for Huffington Post "What's New" / April 1, 2015

In recent years the global food and beverage industry has surpassed development agencies and donor governments when it comes to improving the productivity and income of smallholder farmers in developing countries.

Food and beverage companies did not set out to champion smallholder farmers: for the most part they simply wanted to secure an ongoing supply of agricultural commodities and respond to changing consumer preferences. Companies of all shapes and sizes—from global giants like Nestlé, Unilever and Heineken to modest artisanal producers—started purchasing increasingly large amounts of agricultural output from smallholder farmers in middle income and developing nations.

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Revitalizing Lime Production in Haiti

The Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) is growing lime trees as part of an initiative in which the Clinton Foundation has brought partners together to revitalize high-quality lime production in Haiti.

"In the 1980s, Firmenich sourced high quality lime oil from Haiti. Over time, the lime industry in Haiti disappeared. Now, more than 25 years later," said David Shipman, North America President of Firmenich, a leading flavors and fragrances company, "it is exciting to partner with the Clinton Foundation in distributing lime seedlings to smallholder farmers in Haiti to re-launch this important and much needed crop. In addition to providing farmers with a cash generating crop, this project also provides environmental benefits in the reforestation of Haiti." 

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Nonprofits, and Businesses, Can Be Self-Sustaining. Just Think 100 Years Ahead.

REPRINT > by Adam Callinan for Entrepreneur / March 6, 2015

Nonprofits continue to spring up that aim to raise and deploy capital with the intent to solve problems that affect many people. Commonly referred to as NGOs (non-governmental organizations), the basis for this standard setup is built around the fact that the entities rely on the generosity of both individuals and businesses to fund their ongoing projects and overall operations. What is often missing from the long-term vision is the concept of sustainability outside of perpetual generosity.

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Moringa as possible cancer treatment?

As a follow-up to the moringa study SFA released on Monday, it is interesting to read what the world-renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has to say about moringa: 

"Products derived from the herb are used to treat a variety of conditions, including asthma, diabetes, ulcers, infections and cancer."

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Haiti Moringa Study Released Today

Moringa Combines Reforestation and Agricultural Export in Haiti

A study launched today entitled “Moringa: Export Market Potential for Smallholder Farmers in Haiti” is a virtual handbook for everyone from farmers to exporters to government officials interested in ensuring this “miracle tree” becomes a new agricultural export for the country.

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Danone and Mars launch £79m fund for smallholder farmers

REPRINT > by Oliver Balch at Guardian Sustainable Business / Feb 5, 2015 

Fund will prioritise key crops including vanilla, cocoa, sugar and palm oil, but Oxfam says multinationals need to improve everyday dealings with smallholders

Danone and Mars, two of the world’s largest food multinationals, yesterday announced their intention to invest €120 million (£79m) over the next decade in an investment fund aimed at increasing the productivity of smallholder farmers.

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How we can help smallholders feed the world

REPRINT > Greta Verburg at World Economic Forum / Jan 14, 2015

The world’s population is expected to number more than 9 billion people by 2050, and to feed them agriculture will have to grow by 60%. It’s an expansion that can only be fuelled by investment – to the tune of $83 billion.

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Agriculture: The Heart of Haiti

REPRINT > by Timote Georges from Clinton Foundation Blog

Agriculture is the heart and soul of Haiti. We are a nation of farmers, with an estimated more than two million smallholder farms throughout Haiti. The most important development over the last five years has been the growing understanding and support for the role of the smallholder farmer as a cornerstone of the economy. With the support of domestic and international partners and important networks such as the Clinton Global Initiative Haiti Action Network, Haiti’s agriculture sector is being revived and there is a growing sense of optimism in rural areas as resources begin to shift to reinforce agriculture.

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