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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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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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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