Two new commitments to action were announced at the Clinton Global Initiative's winter meeting in New York City earlier this week in support of efforts to alleviate poverty and improve food security in developing countries.
Unilever, Acumen, and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, announced an investment of at least $10 million over three years in the Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative, which aims to improve the livelihoods of as many as three hundred thousand smallholder farmers and their communities in Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The effort will leverage Acumen's and CGEP's market-based approaches to poverty alleviation to create and scale privately held enterprises that support smallholder farmers and link them to Unilever's global supply chains and distribution networks.
Also announced was the Food Security Genome, a project led by Mission Measurement to maximize the impact of food security programs by systematically coding data from corporate, NGO, academic, and government partners, quantify outcomes, and identify key success factors. Led in part by the architect of Pandora's Music Genome Project, the project will use the "genomic" model to turn decades' worth of data into actionable insights that enable users to predict the efficacy and cost per outcome for any food security program. Initial corporate and nonprofit partners in the effort include the General Mills Foundation, Tyson Foods, Capital Area Food Bank, CARE, Heifer International, and Share Our Strength.
Former President Bill Clinton also announced the theme for the annual CGI meeting in September — The Future of Impact — and challenged CGI members to commit to expand and replicate proven solutions to underserved geographies, markets, and populations; make the long-term investments necessary to address global challenges and create opportunity for all; and democratize social and technological innovation to drive global and local impact.