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The business of food security: A look at OPIC’s work in agribusiness

Earlier this week we highlighted OPIC’s growing portfolio of agribusiness projects that are helping increase food production and supporting small farmers. Here, John Aldonas, Deputy Vice President, OPIC Small and Medium Enterprise Finance, describes some of OPIC’s strategies for reaching the smallest farmers who are so critical to advancing food security. OPIC has seen significant growth in its agribusiness portfolio Read more…

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How OPIC supports food security in the developing world

Over the past 10 years, OPIC has grown its agribusiness portfolio ten-fold. This infographic highlights projects OPIC has supported from Haiti to Moldova to Sub-Saharan Africa and illustrates not only OPIC’s commitment to improving food security, but also the recognition that increasing food production is only part of the challenge of reducing hunger and malnutrition. OPIC speaks of agribusiness, rather Read more…

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A look at poverty in Africa and worldwide

Two-thirds of the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) are in Sub-Saharan Africa and these countries carry a disproportionate share of the world burden of poverty and related challenges such as poor health care, sanitation, and insufficient education, a new report from the ONE Campaign shows. For example, while just 13 percent of the world’s women live in LDCs, these countries Read more…

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Featured photo: Using technology to improve farm yields

This photo, one of the winners of the recent Feed the Future photo contest, shows a farmer in northern Ghana who was able to improve yields by more than 65 percent by using a dibbler to more efficiently make holes in the ground during planting. OPIC supports Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, and Read more…

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On World Food Day, U.N. highlights “the world’s greatest solvable problem”

Despite significant progress in recent decades, an estimated 842 million people, or about one in eight of the people in the world, still suffer from chronic hunger. Since 1979, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has recognized World Food Day each year on Oct. 16 to draw attention to what it calls the world’s greatest solvable Read more…

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How OPIC extends its impact through partnerships

  OPIC has a long tradition of partnering with private sector businesses to catalyze investment in challenging markets around the world. But the agency’s work extends beyond public-private partnerships. In its recently published 2013 annual report, OPIC outlines several of the successful partnerships it has forged with other U.S. Government agencies to address major development challenges such as: —Clean Energy. Read more…

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Featured photo: Nutrient-rich food in Kenya

In Kenya, the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative is working to improve food security and childhood nutrition by helping farmers introduce nutrient-rich crops to their farms and teaching families new recipes full of vitamins and minerals needed to ensure healthy growth. Read more here.

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Africa Day: Reflecting on progress and investing for the future

May 25 is Africa Day, which recognizes the founding of the African Union in 1963. This year, the 50th anniversary of African unity provides an opportunity to highlight the great progress the continent has made, and encourages a look toward the future. By almost all accounts, the future is bright. One commonly-cited statistic is that seven of the 10 fastest Read more…

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Featured photo: Making use of the earth’s resources

In honor of Earth Day later this month, we are sharing this photo from the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of an abundant evening market in Msimba, Tanzania, powered by solar lights, which enables members of the community to shop and sell their goods after the workday is over. The Millennium Challenge Corporation is investing in improving the reliability of Read more…

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OPIC’s President and CEO heads to Haiti to support micro lending for sustainable reconstruction

This week, OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield will lead a delegation of OPIC representatives on a visit to Haiti to launch an important mortgage finance project developed in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Development Innovations Group (DIG), a U.S.-based housing finance and urban development firm, will manage the project. Read more…

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