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.

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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My First Return to Africa as CEO of the Gates Foundation

Sue Desmond-Hellmann describes her recent return to Africa, which holds a special place in her career and her heart. She discusses the progress being made by grantees and partners there.

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My year in Tanzania: witnessing individuals be a force for change

Public health training taught me to analyze and consider populations as a whole, rather than focusing on the individual, in order to achieve the broadest impact. My year in Tanzania taught me that while scale is important, one should never underestimate the power of individual people as a force for change in their communities.

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We Can Prevent Another Food Price Crisis

Five years ago today, amidst a global economic recession and world food price crisis, world leaders gathered at the G8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy, and made one of the largest financial commitments to fight hunger and poverty alleviation to date – $20 billion in aid to agriculture.

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Risk and Transformational Change

As a plant pathologist, I have long maintained an interest in the elements of risk and reward in farming. This interest is motivated by decades of professional commitment to understanding plant diseases and how to keep crops healthy.

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