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.

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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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A Lot to Lose, But Much to Gain

Currently, Africa is still spending around $40 billion of scarce foreign exchange on food imports. Until Africa’s industrialisation process takes hold, growth in Africa will be propelled by smallholder farmers who must produce more food more sustainably to feed themselves, their families and communities.

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Bold Ideas for Big Shifts in Global Health

For the past six years we’ve made Grand Challenges Explorations grants to fund scientific work on unproven ideas that could potentially be ground breaking in solving major global health and development problems. Today, we are announcing the Phase I winners in the 12th round of these innovative grants and three phase II winners.

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Agricultural Productivity and Food Security in the Face of Climate Change

I recently returned from a trip to Washington DC to gather with colleagues and partners engaged in the work of grappling with ways to ensure we can grow enough food to feed the world’s poorest in the face of climate change.

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