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Pierre Ferrari
Pierre Ferrari is the President and CEO of Heifer International. In his tenure at Heifer International, Ferrari has implemented three important strategies, the most ambitious of which is significant expansion of Heifer’s projects in developing countries. In an effort to feed more hungry people around the globe, Heifer intends to increase the size of its programs by an order of magnitude, focusing on the areas with the most need. Doing so, Ferrari says, will not just bring more families into self-sufficiency; it will also increase Heifer’s efficiency and effectiveness, and demonstrate the power of Heifer’s model to the rest of the development sector. It will also help fulfill the true destiny of the smallholder farmer -- to feed the world.

Prior to working at Heifer International he worked for Coca-Cola Co. in marketing and currently serves on the board of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream Inc.

You can follow him on twitter @heiferceo

Entries by Pierre Ferrari

Bathrooms: A Necessity Denied to Too Many

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 12:43 PM

I'd like to introduce Norm Doll, a consulting engineer and adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Doll also sits on the Heifer International Board of Directors as Chair of the Heifer Foundation, the global partner whose mission is...

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World Food Day: Let's Not Leave Smallholder Farmers Poor

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 1:36 PM

For 70 years, Heifer International has been putting the power to produce more food into the hands of smallholder farmers. Heifer founder Dan West's observation--that poor families needed cows, not cups of milk --paved the way for our organization to serve more than 20.7 million families.

We want...

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Where's the B-12? Include Animal-Based Foods in the Global Malnutrition Agenda

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 4:26 PM

August 18 marks the 500-day countdown to the deadline for achieving the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, so we should expect to see increased discourse on where the gaps lie.

Development experts are beginning to take note that, although progress has been made in reducing...

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World Environment Day 2014: Are You Paying Attention?

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 8:01 PM

Today is World Environment Day, and if you're not scared about climate change yet, you are definitely not paying close enough attention.

Flor talks about raising crops with little access to water. Photo by Dave Anderson, courtesy of Heifer International.

It's going...

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Reflecting on What it's Like to Live #BelowtheLine

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Reflecting on my Live Below the Line experience has been as interesting as the practice, shopping and challenge itself. I realized quickly that I eat too much. I like variety, which is not the problem: it's the quantity. I have the leftover habit from...

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Shopping to Live #BelowtheLine

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Live Below the Line is an awareness and fundraising campaign challenging people to eat and drink on only $1.50 a day for five days (April 28-May 2). Participants can turn awareness-raising into fundraising for a Live Below the Line charity partner organization of their choice. I am proud...

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Women Farmers Will Save Us

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 6:07 PM

This post originally appeared on Heifer International's World Ark Blog.


Women farmers: The backbone of smallholder agriculture. They grow 60-80 percent of the food in developing countries yet own less than one percent of the Earth's land. Despite making up...

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I Found Social Justice in Puerto Rican Village

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 11:34 PM

Since 2007, the United Nations has recognized Feb. 20 as the World Day of Social Justice. They identify social justice as a major underlying principle for peace and prosperity. Last month I traveled to Castañer, Puerto Rico and I witnessed the validity of this belief.

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Ending Poverty for Good: The Secret's in the Sauce

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 9:41 PM

When you're at the helm of an organization fighting hunger and poverty for 70 years, it's easy to get excited when you see "poverty" as a topic in mainstream media channels. Between Pope Francis's outspoken position on global poverty (it's a scandal), the 50th anniversary of...

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Turning Nonprofit Beneficiaries Into Donors

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 11:06 AM

This holiday giving season, I'd like to encourage you to give your neighbor half the cash in your savings account.

Sounds absurd, right?

Imagine you're among the world's poorest: you've never had enough for your family, let alone to spare. But today, for the first time, you...

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The ONE Partnership You Need to Know About

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 11:23 AM

What do you get when you combine the active voices of 3.5 million people who want to change the world with nearly 70 years of experience in on-the-ground programs that have helped lift 20.7 million families out of hunger and poverty? A powerhouse partnership between The ONE Campaign...

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Rural Women Take Power Over Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 9:00 AM

The future health and well-being of the Earth and its inhabitants is largely in the hands of rural women. Our job is to make sure they have the tools and training they need.

Sofia Arivilca in Puno, Peru. Photo by Annie Griffiths for...
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If We Fail Women Farmers, We Fail the World

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 4:17 PM

Most people in the international development sector will tell you: there is no development strategy more beneficial to society than one that involves women as central players. And without sufficient investment in women farmers, we will fail to feed the world's booming population, reversing gains made through the Millennium...

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We Must Close Gaps in Inequality and Poverty

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 4:57 PM

We have much to celebrate about the progress we've made so far on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Extreme poverty in developing countries is down from 43 percent to 21 percent.


Gender gaps in literacy have closed through MDG-related efforts. Manu Rasaili...

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World's Poor, Hungry Have Little to Celebrate This New Year's

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 8:28 AM

As much of the world looks forward to the promise of a New Year, there's another group, nearly a billion strong, whose only promise is a continued struggle -- against hunger, against poverty -- to survive.

No fireworks like those in Sydney, or crystal ball drop as in New York...

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Alternative Giving on Giving Tuesday

(14) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 8:10 AM

What time did you ditch your Thanksgiving leftovers to head out for Black Friday shopping? Retailers sure were clever this year; some of them open all of Thanksgiving Day, luring us away from family, friends and the giving-thanks part of the holiday to get a jumpstart on the biggest shopping...

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World Food Day 2012: Heifer International's Cooperatives Will Help Feed the World

(8) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 8:58 AM

Our fragile and beautiful Earth is home to seven billion people. Right now, the global food system is struggling, one in eight people goes to sleep hungry, and according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which declares October 16 World Food...

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Rio+20: Empty Promises Won't Fill Empty Bellies

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 12:28 PM

This post originally appeared on the Heifer Blog.

"The Future We Want" is not the future Heifer International believes we will see following last week's Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Lots of issues were raised, lots of solutions proposed, but in the end,...

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Help Us Help Haitians Learn to Fish, and More

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 5:38 PM

Sean Penn is an angry man. Expletive-filled outbursts and scuffles with photographers and fans commonly show up in Internet searches of his name. He is without question one of the most explosive actors of his generation. And one of the most committed to doing good.

His personal life is characterized...

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