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Smallholder Productivity

 
 
 

Three-quarters of the world’s poorest live in rural areas.

The majority rely on agriculture as their primary income and food source. Secure access to capital, land, technologies and other assets can lead to sustained food security and income generation – as well as contributing to long-term rural livelihoods.
The aim is to move beyond subsistence farming and enable greater financial stability, but not at the expense of the environment. We advance innovations that address these issues not beneficiary by beneficiary but system wide.
 

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Preparing for a World With 9 Billion, Designers Are Rising to the Challenge

Lynelle Cameron
Autodesk Foundation and Autodesk, Inc.

 
 
 

The challenges of 9 billion are well known – energy and climate, water, land and resources, health, education, urbanization.  We know these challenges are only becoming more epic. Designers around the world are rising to the challenge – focusing their talents, ambitions and careers to ask the right questions and design scalable (dare I say) epic solutions.

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The challenges of 9 billion are well known – energy and climate, water, land and resources, health, education, urbanization.  We know these challenges are only becoming more epic. Designers around the world are rising to the challenge – focusing their talents, ambitions and careers to ask the right questions and design scalable (dare I say) epic solutions.

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Recap: The 450 Million Farmer Opportunity: Large-Scale Change through Smallholder Finance

Sonal Bains
Lux Digital

 
 
 

Can investors, global development institutions, NGOs and companies effectively deploy resources to empower smallholder farmers? The answer is yes, but it will require strong collaboration, according to thought leaders and investors in the space who participated in today’s panel.

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Can investors, global development institutions, NGOs and companies effectively deploy resources to empower smallholder farmers? The answer is yes, but it will require strong collaboration, according to thought leaders and investors in the space who participated in today’s panel.

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Connecting Poverty and Health

Barbara Bush, Global Health Corps

Andrew Youn, One Acre Fund

 
 
 

Global Health Corps and One Acre Fund collaborate to create a sustainable pipeline of leaders who understand the complexity of poverty and health and who will be future Ministers, Directors, and influential changemakers.

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Global Health Corps and One Acre Fund collaborate to create a sustainable pipeline of leaders who understand the complexity of poverty and health and who will be future Ministers, Directors, and influential changemakers.

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Forum 2014

Top 10 Compelling Quotes in Advance of the 2014 Skoll World Forum

Rahim Kanani
Skoll Foundation

 
 
 

In advance of the Forum, we asked several speakers and delegates to share their insights and ideas to lay the foundation for a richer discussion in-person and online. Here are the top 10 most compelling quotes on social change and societal progress.

Article: Forum 2014
 

In advance of the Forum, we asked several speakers and delegates to share their insights and ideas to lay the foundation for a richer discussion in-person and online. Here are the top 10 most compelling quotes on social change and societal progress.

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Smallholder Impact and Risk Metrics: A Labyrinth of Opportunity

CJ Fonzi
Dalberg Global Development Advisors

 
 
 

One reason only 3% of demand for smallholder agricultural finance has been met is because investors lack sufficient data about the benefits and risks of directing their funds to smallholder agricultural finance. A number of innovative and promising new impact and risk measurement tools have emerged, but it is challenging to understand their varying functions and how they fit together.

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One reason only 3% of demand for smallholder agricultural finance has been met is because investors lack sufficient data about the benefits and risks of directing their funds to smallholder agricultural finance. A number of innovative and promising new impact and risk measurement tools have emerged, but it is challenging to understand their varying functions and how they fit together.

“Can you believe that we have to spend an endless amount of time, arguing that food is the proper treatment for malnutrition?”

Paul Farmer

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Urbanizing China

New York Times

The plan announced by China’s leaders last week to move more people from the countryside to cities could help raise the standard of living for millions of people. But it does not go far enough to protect migrants and farmers.

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The plan announced by China’s leaders last week to move more people from the countryside to cities could help raise the standard of living for millions of people. But it does not go far enough to protect migrants and farmers.

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Celebrating the Life of Norman Borlaug

Kenneth M. Quinn
The World Food Prize Foundation

 
 
 

Since many of those reading this article may never have heard of Borlaug or be familiar with his achievements, allow me to give you a crash course in “Borlaug 101.”

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Since many of those reading this article may never have heard of Borlaug or be familiar with his achievements, allow me to give you a crash course in “Borlaug 101.”

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Forum 2014

Inside Root Capital's Women in Agriculture Initiative

Catherine Gill
Root Capital

 
 
 

I am honored to be participating in the panel at this year’s Skoll World Forum in April on Unlocking the Entrepreneurial Ambition of Women. At Root Capital, I have been one of the co-developers of our Women in Agriculture Initiative, the purpose of which is to increase the impact we have on women in agricultural value chains.

Article: Forum 2014
 

I am honored to be participating in the panel at this year’s Skoll World Forum in April on Unlocking the Entrepreneurial Ambition of Women. At Root Capital, I have been one of the co-developers of our Women in Agriculture Initiative, the purpose of which is to increase the impact we have on women in agricultural value chains.

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13 Empowering Stories of Women in Family Farming

Farming First

To celebrate the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, Farming First has curated a list of 13 inspiring stories of women’s empowerment as heads of rural family farms, from our 130+ supporter organization base.

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To celebrate the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, Farming First has curated a list of 13 inspiring stories of women’s empowerment as heads of rural family farms, from our 130+ supporter organization base.

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Water For People partners with TOMS

Fortune

After making his name in shoes, Blake Mycoskie is converting TOMS to a one-to-one company and plans to work with Water For People, a nonprofit group that works to develop sustainable water systems around the world. The group might use financing from the Toms coffee venture, for instance, to build tanks to collect rainwater or develop piping systems to get water from hard-to-reach places to the people who need it.

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After making his name in shoes, Blake Mycoskie is converting TOMS to a one-to-one company and plans to work with Water For People, a nonprofit group that works to develop sustainable water systems around the world. The group might use financing from the Toms coffee venture, for instance, to build tanks to collect rainwater or develop piping systems to get water from hard-to-reach places to the people who need it.

“The key opportunity for the bottom billion is not that these people are consumers, it's that they're producers! Astoundingly unproductive producers ... and that's the opportunity and the challenge.”

Paul Collier

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Forum 2014

Unlocking the Entrepreneurial Ambition of Women

Session: Forum 2014
 

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