New technologies and ideas – from mobile phone information systems to new crop varieties – are rapidly transforming agriculture across Africa. Yet the sector continues to be stereotyped as one synonymous with poverty and subsistence.
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April 11, 2014 / Doulaye Koné
We saw a tremendous amount of progress at the 2014 “Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India” we held in New Delhi last month. Just 18 months after the first fair, our partners came to New Delhi with early versions of toilets that look like real commercial products.
It was amazing to see so many ideas and technologies integrated into devices that can safely collect and processes human waste.
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April 06, 2014 / Ellen Piwoz
As children fare, so do nations. An investment in the well-being, health, and development of children today will be reflected in the health and development of their communities and nations. A smart investment in the future saves lives, saves money, and
can be scaled up to reach children, wherever they are.
April 02, 2014 / Mark Suzman
When you think agriculture in Africa, “star-studded” probably isn’t the first adjective that springs to mind. So you can imagine my surprise when I arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January for the African Union Summit’s launch of the Year of Agriculture
and Food Security and discovered that the program included names like Nigerian hip hop artist D’banj and footballer Yaya Touré
April 01, 2014 / Jennifer James
Jabulile Tlhabane is a longtime member of Rebecca’s Well, a small nonprofit that provides help and healing for women and girls in need as well as microfinance and enterprising skills. I met with Tlhabane to learn more about their work.
March 31, 2014 / Libby Blanchard
In addressing poverty and chronic hunger, we must not forget methods to tackle the issue of seasonal hunger, such as supporting vulnerable families to grow subsistence as wellas cash crops.
"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
The Global Fund has helped to deliver more than 190 million bed nets to protect families from malaria.
"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
"When it come to global health, Bill and I are optimists—but we're impatient optimists. Tremendous progress is being made. But there is still so much we're impatient to see done." —Melinda French Gates
In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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