Packard Launches New Agriculture, Conservation Initiative

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has announced the launch of a new initiative designed to improve agriculture, livelihoods, and conservation in developing countries.

As the global population approaches eight billion, increased demand for food is driving agriculture into forests and other natural areas, with devastating effects on the environment and the flora and fauna that inhabit those areas. Through its new Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation initiative, the Packard Foundation aims to better understand the factors influencing agricultural production and conservation in some of the world's most populous countries, while improving livelihoods for smallholder farmers and protecting biodiversity.

In 2017 and 2018, the ALC initiative will identify new opportunities for investment in Ethiopia, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, three places where Packard has established networks or sees unique potential for impact.

"New Initiative at the Intersection of Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation." David and Lucile Packard Foundation Press Release 07/13/2017.