Eric1: What does the Clinton Foundation DO?
The Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) develops and operates agribusiness projects that empower smallholder farmers to increase their economic potential. In Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania, CDI integrates commercial farms and other agribusinesses with agricultural extension and outreach to increase farmers' access to local markets and enable them to participate equitably in those markets. CDI's model puts farmers first by increasing their access to knowledge, inputs, and services to improve their crop yields and increase and diversify their incomes. Focusing on agricultural market development, sustainability and efficiency, CDI's goal is to work itself out of a job. CDI collaborates with governments, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, social investors, and farmer organizations.
Malawi, and much the same in Rwanda and Tanzania
The Anchor Farm Project in Malawi is working with more than 56,000 smallholder farmers, who have experienced, on average, a 150 percent increase in their overall income.
The Anchor Farm Project integrates commercial farming and smallholder farmer outreach, providing farmers with access to inputs, agronomic knowledge, and markets. In Malawi, Tukula Farming Company, established by CDI to manage operations of the commercial farms, employs 78 full-time staff and up to 400 seasonal farm workers, and provides access to low cost, high quality inputs to over 56,000 farmers. CDI field officers, with the help of lead farmers in CDI's farmer groups and associations, illustrate the benefits of using certified seed, implementing conservation climate-smart agriculture practices, investing in fertilizer and agro-chemicals, and practicing other advanced agronomic techniques.
In collaboration with the Malawian Ministry of Health, CDI established the Anchor Farm Health Centers program in 2013 to provide quality health care access and facilities to staff, their families, and the surrounding underserved populations. In addition to reducing the distance to the nearest health center, the program will improve access to family planning, nutritional advice, HIV/AIDS care, maternal and child health care, mother to child transmission protection, and community education and mobilization for sustainable health practices. CDI is working in collaboration with the Malawian Ministry of Health to construct, equip, and staff these health centers.
Now that is just in Africa, and that is just ONE very small element of the work of the Foundation. Does this sound like a ‘bad and corrupt thing’ to YOU? Go to the Clinton Foundation website and have a look around, because chances are, you will be VERY surprised at just how extensive their operations are, and how MANY people around the world have directly benefitted.