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Sam Dryden

Title Director, Agricultural Development
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sam Dryden is director of the foundation’s Agricultural Development team, overseeing efforts to help millions of the world’s poorest farming families boost their productivity and incomes.

Dryden has worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. A native of eastern Kentucky, he received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Emory University.

Posts By Sam Dryden

Africa Leading the Way

Events leading up to the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland this June will focus, in part, on the intersection of hunger, food, nutrition, and the need to transform the agricultural development sector in Africa in order to lift families out of poverty. As our global leaders draft agendas and assemble working groups, however, it is critical that they also seek out and listen to the voices of those who know what it will take to succeed in this effort—farmers and community leaders on the ground in Africa and in the labs, marketplaces, and government offices throughout the continent.

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Farmers Deserve Options

Exciting developments in agricultural science are adding to the choices farmers have at their disposal to find successful ways to farm.

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Putting Women Farmers in Africa at the Center

To think about helping farming families in developing countries grow more food, you need a point of view. At the foundation, our point of view begins and ends with the woman farmer and her 1-2 acres of land. Always.

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Families and Food on the Olympics Center Stage

Yesterday I had the privilege of representing the foundation at the Olympic Hunger event, hosted by the UK and Brazilian governments at Downing Street. The Hunger event, and indeed the Olympics themselves, were a wonderful representation of the coming
together of a global village.

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Putting Nutrition and Agriculture Knowledge Into Collective Action

Not only does increasing agricultural productivity have the potential to improve rural families’ nutrition, but healthier and better-nourished farmers are more productive, earn more income, and contribute to further economic growth.

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