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The Missing Link in Global Food Security

By Marshall Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse The 2018 Senate Agriculture Appropriations Report notes that global food production will have to increase by 60 percent to meet the needs of 9 billion people forecast for 2050. The report then calls upon… Read More
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Borlaug’s Dream is Within Reach in Africa

By Marshall Matz, as published in The Des Moines Register Norman Borlaug, the father of the World Food Prize and the winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize, had a dream. His dream was to extend the Green Revolution to Africa. His work introducing hi… Read More
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Global Food Security: Next Steps

In the last several months, there has been a lot of attention on a number of separate issues and events which impact global food security across a range of activities, yet they have not been drawn together. From Pope Francis’ visit to the United St… Read More
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Why Adesina's Election is Important for Agriculture

By Marshall, as published in Agri-Pulse In a surprise upset, Dr. Akinwumi (Akin) Adesina was elected to be the next President of the African Development Bank (ADB), defeating seven rivals in six rounds of voting.  Adesina holds a PhD in agriculture… Read More
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2015: The Year of Soils

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse The United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. The year kicked off on December 5, 2014, with events in Rome, New York and Chile, all in a… Read More
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Feed the Future: A Bipartisan Opportunity

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse The “Feed the Future” initiative is aimed at improving agriculture productivity and economic development around the world. Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the both the House and Sena… Read More
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Family Farms in Africa

By Marshall L. Matz and Peter B. Matz, as published by the National Farmers Union Kudos to National Farmers Union for recognizing the link between family farming and meeting the challenge of global food security. Family farms are indeed the key to… Read More
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Africa Rising

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch According to Forbes Magazine, Mr. Strive Masiyiwa is the Bill Gates of Africa. The Econet Wireless Group headed by Masiyiwa and based in South Africa now operates in 17 countries, emp… Read More
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Farming’s transformation starts to change Africa

By Marshall Matz, as published in the Des Moines Register Next month President Barack Obama is hosting an Africa summit with heads of state and corporate chief executive officers. The timing is excellent. Africa’s unique green revolution, with its… Read More
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Global Food Security

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse Agriculture is a business, a very big business.  Whether you look at net farm income, agriculture exports or the number of people employed in the farm and food value chain, agriculture is big busines… Read More
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