Media Contact: Kate Ling
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 30, 2011—AGree, a new initiative to transform food and agriculture policy, today announced a commitment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to provide support for the initiative’s efforts to find long-term solutions to the world’s most pressing food and agriculture problems.
RWJF is the ninth major foundation to support AGree, which launched in May 2011. RWJF’s participation underlines the growing interest and momentum behind AGree’s mission to leverage broad stakeholder input and best-in-class research to find long-term solutions to improve agricultural productivity and the environment, access and availability to nutritious foods and rural economic success.
RWJF is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans. In 2007, RWJF committed $500 million to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States by 2015.
“Increasing communities’ access to affordable, healthy foods is a key priority for RWJF,“ said Jasmine Hall Ratliff, program officer at RWJF. “We welcome the opportunity to work with AGree and its diverse membership to find ways to make it easier for families to access and purchase healthy foods, maintain a healthy diet, and prevent obesity and chronic diseases.”
AGree engages a broad array of stakeholders to find the most effective and comprehensive solutions. The organization’s focus on evidence-based policy solutions across multiple sectors, such as the environment, energy, rural economies and health, fills a crucial void in current agriculture research and discussions.
“As AGree begins to analyze the critical issues of the U.S. food and agriculture system, including the interrelationships of this system on public health, the significance of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s support cannot be overstated,” said Deborah Atwood, Executive Director of AGree. “RWJF’s support bolsters the fact that there is a desire and need for AGree’s inclusive, long-term perspective on food and agriculture policy discussions.”
AGree is also funded by Ford Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and The Walton Family Foundation.
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