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New Initiative Could Help Thousands of Poor Farmers

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Smallholder farmers in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the Caribbean will soon benefit from a huge initiative to help poor rural communities. The Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative (ELII) is a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action that will improve the livelihoods of as many as 300,000 smallholder farmers and their communities.

Earlier this month, Unilever announced: “President Bill Clinton and Frank Giustra, Co-Founders of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO of Acumen, announced the collaboration on a panel at the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2015 Winter Meeting in New York City,” of the collaborative effort to support small farmers in impoverished regions around the world. The overall mission of this initiative is to catalyze economic growth in low-income communities.

“I’m excited about this partnership between the Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership, Acumen, and Unilever, which will improve the lives of smallholder farmers by bringing them into global markets and distribution networks, empowering hundreds of thousands of people to expand their skills and lift themselves from poverty,” former President Bill Clinton commented. Clinton and the other philanthropic collaborators that are part of the ELII are hopeful that empowering smallholder farmers in developing areas will in turn allow them to support the communities they are a part of.

“We believe that in the long term, successful businesses can only be sustainable ones,” said Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever. He also explains that “This partnership has the potential to dramatically increase the scale of what we can do to support smallholder farmers, empower women across our supply chains and in turn help build sustainable, viable businesses that alleviate poverty,” of the goals set forth by the ELII.

If the ELII proves to be successful, hundreds of thousands of farmers and their communities will soon be equipped with the tools necessary to overcome poverty. This philanthropic effort is one that involves a large level of commitment from the Clinton Global Initiative, and could pave the way for similar initiatives if successful.

Learn more about how the ELII will be carried out by reading this press release from Unilever.

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Young Philanthropy in New York

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It seems like younger generations are getting more generous every year. Famous or not, rich or poor, young Americans are lending their time, money, and effort to a variety of philanthropic ventures. In New York City, the same is true, and this year the popular New York Observer will be honoring twenty philanthropists under 40 at a gala designed to raise philanthropic awareness.

The event, called “Young Philanthropy,” will honor a number of well-known names and faces in the NYC philanthropy scene. Let’s take a look at a few of the well-to-do winners:

Chelsea Clinton: The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Senator Hilary Clinton, nearly all of Chelsea’s life has been lived under the spotlight—and unlike so many of the young and famous, her image is pristine. Her charity work includes support for the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Walkabout Foundation.

Amanda Hearst: As heiress to her father’s media conglomerate, the Hearst Corporation, Amanda has a lot to live up to. She is a socialite, activist, model, and most recently is the associate market editor for Marie Claire. Amanda also founded Friends of Finn, which is a charity that fights inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills, and is an active member of Riverkeeper, an environmental nonprofit organization.

Alejandro Santo Domingo: Like Hearst (whom he coincidentally dated for several years), Alejandro is an heir. He and his two brothers, Andres Santo Domingo and Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr., are heirs the majority stake in SABMiller, a South American beer company. While his career revolves around managing the conglomerate, he is also a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees; is on the board for the international nonprofit group, Endeavor; is on the Latin American Conservation Council for The Nature Conservancy; and is on the Board of Directors for DKMS Americas.

Other honorees of the night include Lauren Bush, Jesse Cole, Alexis Feldman, Michelle Harper, Lydia Hearst, Eric Trump, and many more.