Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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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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Risk management is the way forward for farming

If farmers, the world over, including in emerging economies such as India, are able to benefit from such approaches towards price and yield risk management, they will be able to build a great deal of resilience in their approaches towards agriculture.

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Agriculture investment: Time to cultivate a visible hand

The increase in minimum support prices (MSPs), which promises up to 97% increase in return on costs, can become the trigger for stimulating much-needed investment in agriculture by the Indian farmer. But it needs to be backed by the other factors that go towards making farming profitable.

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Instilling a Strong Agri Culture

In every Union Budget presentation, agriculture is given a place of prominence. This is not surprising, given that 50% of India's population is dependent on agriculture. Budget 2017 was no different. Both the Economic Survey and the Budget speech stressed heavily on improving agricultural infrastructure and augmenting farmer incomes.

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My Three Days at the Epicenter of Global Health Ingenuity and Transformation

Let’s face it: nobody really enjoys conferences. In theory, they give spread-out communities a chance to come together and engage in fierce debates and trenchant learning about important issues. But practice doesn’t always match the theory. Last week in London at the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting, however, it did.

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Land rights – rural women’s powerful ammunition to fight poverty and hunger

For rural women -- too often invisible to development and monitoring efforts -- land rights offer a powerful tool to fight poverty and create opportunity.

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