Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Topics / Agricultural Development

Approximately 1 billion people live in chronic hunger and more than 1 billion live in extreme poverty. Many are small farmers in the developing world. Their success or failure determines whether they have enough to eat, are able to send their children to school, and can earn any money to save.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

The Case for a Safe Space: Libraries Empower Women In Asia

Libraries are a solution: they offer an "integrated delivery" model that provides women with a safe space and access to essential information on health, livelihoods, rights, and more.

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The Last Hunger Season, Part 1 – The Expanding Possibilities of Family Farmers

Zipporah Biketi was living in a shrinking world when I first met her back in 2011. Her imagination rarely stretched beyond the boundaries of her small family farm in western Kenya

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Grand Challenge: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development

Our first Grand Challenge on gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment signals a more concerted push to put women and girls at the center of our work.

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How Research Can Banish Water and Food Scarcity

This week – water is on our lips. It’s a vital resource we all need to live, whether it’s to drink, to nourish the crops we eat, or to power the technologies we rely on. The way in which we try to pull water in these three directions—known as the water-food-energy nexus—is the center of discussion this week, at World Water Week in Stockholm.

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Sri Lanka Brings Technology to Rural Residents

The Sri Lankan government's e-Library Nenasala program is bridging the digital divide and bringing technology to the people who need it most.

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