Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Lawrence Kent

Title Senior Program Officer
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Lawrence joined the foundation in March 2007 as a Senior Program Officer, focusing on agricultural research and technology transfer.  

His grants portfolio includes projects to develop drought-tolerant and nitrogen-use-efficient maize for Africa, to build biotechnology regulatory capacity, and to develop nutritionally enhanced crop varieties.  His career has had a strong focus on Africa, where he lived for ten years, including two years in Mauritania (Peace Corps), four years in Egypt (USAID-funded ag policy reform project), two years in Chad (CARE), a year in Burkina Faso (Catholic Relief Services), and consulting work for the World Bank and other clients in 16 other countries, including six months in Pakistan.  Prior to coming to the foundation, Lawrence served as Director of International Programs at the Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, managing projects using biotechnology to develop disease-resistant crop varieties for Africa and India. He has a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from Princeton University.

Posts By Lawrence Kent


Battling Crop Diseases to Help Small Farmers

Millions of farm families across East Africa, including Uganda and Kenya, eat cassava every day, and sometimes it’s the only thing they eat.

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