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Helping businesses help the world’s farmers

In Senegal, OPIC financing is helping farmers lease equipment like tractors and cold storage facilities so to help them grow, store and sell more food, like these mangoes pictured.   Many of the world’s farmers are unable to... Read more...

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Developing countries play a vital role in the health of the earth

  Thirty-six years after the first Earth Day demonstrations, there is a growing understanding that as we work to build a healthier earth, we must consider the whole earth — from the major cities of our wealthy countries, to remote... Read more...

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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,... 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,... Read more...

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A look at poverty in Africa and worldwide

OPIC supports development across a range of sectors in Africa, including agriculture. Read more about one project aimed at helping poor smallholder farmers access the equipment needed to increase yields.   Two-thirds of the world’s... 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... 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 (... Read more...

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How OPIC extends its impact through partnerships

2013 annual report highlights OPIC 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... Read more...

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Featured photo: Nutrient-rich food in Kenya

Photo Credit: Fintrac Inc.   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... Read more...

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Africa Day: Reflecting on progress and investing for the future

The waiting room of a health clinic in Tanzania that has used a loan from the Medical Credit Fund to upgrade its facility.   May 25 is Africa Day, which recognizes the founding of the African Union in 1963. This year,... Read more...

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