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G8 summit 2012: list of food corporations engaged in increasing food and nutrition security. Hopefully.

In Under-nutrition on June 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition was announced on the occasion of the 3rd Annual Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security, a May 2012 event at which President Barack Obama gave a keynote address.

This may work as a potential donor resource for nutrition interventions worldwide. Yes, but to be taken cum granum salis. For instance Richardson writes:

“The G8 scheme does nothing to address the problems that are at the core of hunger and malnutrition but will serve only to further poverty and inequality”.

Read here more from Richardson.

There is a risk there, true. However, there are also  fruitful collaborations currently happening in this area of global public-private sector to eradicate hunger. Time will tell.

If interested, look at the Scaling-up Nutrition initiative and Gain. Most of these initiatives, including their projected costs, are explored by the World Bank in an interesting recent report.

Click here for the  complete corporation list and their commitments, further critique points, resources and articles.

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Global corporations involved in the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

Agco Corp: Commitment to “invest $100 million over the next three years to implement model farms and training centers aimed at improving productivity for 25,000 smallholder farmers ranging from Ethiopia to Mozambique.”
Armaja
Cargill
Diageo: Commitment to a $1.5 million barley farming project in Sebeta, Ethiopia and a $2 million “scalable sorghum value chain project” in Mogoro, Tanzania.
DuPont: Commitments to “invest more than $3 million over the next three years to help smallholder farmers in Ethiopia to achieve food security” and to sponsor “an innovative Global Food Security Index being developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to measure the drivers of food security across 105 countries.”
Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd: Commitment to spend $375 million in Nigeria, Kenya, and Rwanda.
Monsanto: Commitment for $50 million “over the next ten years to support sustained Africa agricultural development and growth.” The funding will go, in part, to Tanzania’s Kilimo Kwanza (Agriculture First) initiative.
Netafim
Rabobank
SABMiller
Swiss Re
Syngenta: Commitment to make “seed product packs tailored to African farmers” and to “to build a $1 billion business in Africa over the next 10 years.”[7][8]
Unilever
United Phosphorus Limited
Vodafone: Commitment for “improved telecommunications access.”
Yara International: Commitment to “build Africa’s first major fertilizer production facility.

African corporations:

ACT
Agrica/KPL
Agriserv
Agro
Bank
Ecobank
Finatrade
Ghana Nuts
Guts Agro Industries
Hilina Enriched Foods
Mullege
Omega Farms (Ethiopia)
Premium Foods
Selous Farming
SFMC
Shambani
TAHA
Tanseed: Commitment to “purchase improved seeds from contract growers and package them in small packaging so they can market them specifically to small-scale farmers”[12]
TASTA
Tatepa
Zemen Bank
Global Company Value Chain Initiatives:

Africa Cashew Initiative:

Kraft
Intersnack
Olam
Oltremare SRL
SAP
Trade and Development Group

World Cocoa Foundaiton:

Armajaro
Kraft
Hershey’s
Mars

Competitive African Cotton Initiative

Cargill
Dunavant
Industrial Promotion Services – West Africa
Plexus Cotton Limited

Private Sector Entities Signing the Private Sector Statement of Support:

Admas Farmers Cooperative Union
African Export‐Import Bank
AGCO
Agricultural Council of Tanzania
AgriServ Ltd
AICO Africa Ltd
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Armajaro Trading Ltd
Asset Management Group Limited
BASF SE
Bayer CropScience AG
Becho‐Weliso Farmers Cooperative Union
Brainchild Tanzania
Bunge Limited
Cargill, Incorporated
Diageo plc
Dunavant SA
DuPont Company
Ecobank Group
Equity Bank Ltd
Export Trading Group (ETG)
Finatrade Group
Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen
Ghana Nuts Ltd
Guts Agro Industry PLC
Hakan Agro DMCC
Heineken N.V.
Hilina Enriched Foods PLC
Kafoi Estates Limited
Kraft Foods
L.T. Foods Ltd.
Lonrho Plc
Monsanto
Mullege PLC
Netafim Ltd.
Novozymes A/S
Oltremare SRL
Omega Farms, PLC
Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union
Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana
PepsiCo
Plexus Cotton Limited
Premium Foods Ltd
Private Enterprise Foundation/Federation of Assocations of Ghanaian Exporters
Rabobank Group
SABMiller
Savanna Farmers Marketing Co.
Sea‐Freight Pineapple Exporters of Ghana
Selous Farming Ltd
Shambani Graduates Enterprises Ltd
Syngenta
TaherInvest Group
TAK Agro
Tanseed International Ltd
Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA)
Tanzania Seed Trade Association (TASTA)
TATEPA
Unilever
Vital Capital Fund
Vodafone
Yara International ASA
Zemen Bank

(Source: Sourcewatch)

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