Here in the fight against global poverty the acronyms often seem endless. There’s the LDCs and MDCs, HIPCs and LLDCs, which we like to talk about in terms of GDP, ODI and latterly HPI (or if you live in Bhutan GDH). We campaign for MDGs at the G7, G8, G20, UN and EU, and then there’s the WTO and IMF and in the UK DfID (who like to buck the trend with a lower-case ‘f’). Sometimes it’s helpful to have a dictionary to hand when you work for an NGO.
But, often hiding behind these confusing mouthfuls of letters are vital initiatives which can help to make a real difference to people in poor countries.
Today, we need your help fixing one of these mouthfuls. GAFSP. The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program. It has a powerful mission, but a pretty clunky name. In fact, most people have never heard of GAFSP, as you’ll see in this video:
GAFSP works by asking countries (like Ethiopia and Liberia) to devise their own agriculture plans – things like building irrigation canals, farmer training programs, whatever they think will work and is appropriate. Then, national governments and donors from around the world (US, Canada, Spain) provide funding to help put these plans into action.
We asked ONE members for suggestions for a new name and have narrowed it down to the entries below. Have a look and then vote for your favourite here. We’ll send the top three to G8 officials and hope that one of them gets picked.
Powering Local Agriculture Needs Today
Sustainable Agriculture for Global Enterprise
Food Security Initiative (FSI)
Financing for Food and Farming
Food for the Future
Multilateral Initiative for Development of Agricultural Sustainability – everything it touches turns to gold!
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