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In COVID-19 Era, Donors Face Challenges Ahead

In the next installment of our “COVID Conversations” series, we talk with Iris Krebber, Head of Agriculture and Land at the Directorate General for Economic Development and International at the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Krebber, who is also chair of the GAFSP Private Sector Window Donor Committee, spoke to us about the challenges now facing the donor community, what keeps her up at night, and how she found professional fulfillment—but only after leaving a career in the private sector behind.

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In Ethiopia, COVID-19 is Causing Disruptions in Meat Processing, Even as Demand Surges

With COVID-19 disrupting supply chains, industries, and markets across the globe, we’re checking in with GAFSP Private Sector Window clients to see how the health and economic crisis is affecting their businesses and the smallholders in their supply chains. In this installment of our “COVID Conversations” series, we talk with Tesfalidet Hagos, the founder and general manager of Luna Export Slaughterhouse, one of Ethiopia’s largest meat processors.

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Disruption in a Nutshell: How Bhutan’s Largest Private Sector Employer is Weathering the COVID Storm

With COVID-19 disrupting supply chains, industries, and markets across the globe, we’re checking in with GAFSP Private Sector Window clients to see how the health and economic crisis is affecting their businesses and the smallholders in their supply chain. In the next installment of our “COVID Conversations” series, we talk with Daniel Spitzer and Teresa Law, CEO and CFO respectively, of Mountain Hazelnuts, Bhutan’s largest private sector employer.

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The WIFI is weak but our call for support for smallholder family farmers is strong

Esther Penunia - Secretary General of the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), discusses the challenges faced by smallholder farms across Asia, and how they are working to overcome them. She calls on governments and the international community "to build sustainable, resilient food systems with family farmers, through their organisations and cooperatives as key frontliners, partners and stakeholders, towards the common goal of ending hunger and poverty in the world."

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From the Cow to the Customer – Women Farmers in Bangladesh Organize Themselves

It all started when Renu Bala, a dairy farmer from the village of Panjor Bhanga in northern Bangladesh, went from house-to-house to pitch her idea to create a cooperative. Today, more than 40 women have joined her dairy co-op, and collect more than 200 liters of milk per day, which they sell to local sweet shops and milk processing companies at premium prices – bringing in a profit. Read how one dairy cooperative is growing with funds from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP).

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Statement from GAFSP Co-Chairs: GAFSP and COVID-19

Today, more than ever, the need for programmes like GAFSP is crucial as a source of financing for non-humanitarian investments in the most vulnerable countries and communities around the world. This will ensure our progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is not further reversed by the ongoing pandemic.

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The Missing Middle Initiative

With global hunger rising and farmer incomes declining, family farmers must be at the center of their own development.

Public Sector Contact

Ms. Tammy Mehdi

External Affairs Associate
tmehdi@worldbankgroup.org

Based in Washington, D.C.

Private Sector Contact

Ms. Daphna Berman

Senior Communications and Outreach Specialist 
dberman@ifc.org

Based in Washington, D.C.