Mock This? Davos Facilitates Worthy Social Programs

Davos, with its density of VIPs, is a good launch pad for social projects
Attendees have lunch at the Swiss resort of Davos during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting Photograph by Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

The Great Ruaha River of southern Tanzania runs dry for months each year because of deforestation and inefficient irrigation. Food supplies are at risk, as is the country’s most important cash crop, coffee. But help is on the way. Under a partnership launched two years ago at the World Economic Forum in Davos, agribusinesses, including Norway’s Yara International and Switzerland’s Syngenta, are using their money and technical expertise to help Tanzanians reduce their water consumption while boosting crop yields. This year, Yara Chief Executive Jørgen Ole Haslestad turned up at the Alpine resort and exhorted his fellow businesspeople to do more, saying, “There is a huge need to step up the pace.”

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