Biotech Updates

Global Initiative for Food and Ag Policy

May 6, 2011

A new initiative called AGree was launched by eight foundations to address global food and agriculture policy issues.

"Agriculture issues need to be at the top of the United States' and world's agenda, alongside energy, healthcare, and national security," said Dan Glickman, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture under President Bill Clinton. "AGree will elevate the agriculture and food policy conversation. We will make it clear to leaders and policymakers that, while difficult, solving food and agriculture issues is of utmost importance and can help solve other pressing problems including public health and the need for economic growth," he said.

AGree will initiate cross-sector dialogue, research, and analysis that will guide policy makers and stakeholders. It is funded by Ford Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and The Walton Family Foundation.

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