In his fourth annual letter about the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates covers a range of topics related to improving lives by reducing poverty, with a particular emphasis on the benefits of investing in agriculture.
Farmers teaching farmers. Mwanaidi Ramadhani (left) is part of a local farmers organization in Mwasonge. Farmers like Mwanaidi have coached more than 1,800 farmers in Tanzania to grow this kind of sweet potato.
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation holds up samples of meningitis vaccine at a press conference.
Resilient seeds, ready for purchase at the Dryland Seed Company, Machakos, Kenya, are boosting local yields as much as five fold.
Aid Can Spur 'Historic Progress' - Bill Gates
allAfrica, 24 January 2012
Bill and Melinda Gates, who co-chair the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, say that they are responding to a challenge from Warren Buffet by taking on "the really tough… Read more »
New Seeds Boost Yields for Drought-Hit Farmers
For a couple that has weathered the dual tests of early retirement and repeated crop failures, it might have seemed an impossible dream to former primary-school teacher Philip… Read more »
Climate Conversations - Developing Water-Efficient Maize
AlertNet, 23 January 2012
For many smallholder farmers in Africa, maize is life. Since its introduction onto the continent several centuries ago, maize has become a staple crop in many parts of Africa. Read more »
Metal Silos Lock Out Maize Pests
CIMMYT, 25 January 2012
Farmers in developing countries typically lose 20-30% of their crop due to poor grain storage facilities. Through a project with roots in Central America, African maize farmers… Read more »
Bill Gates Outlines Stark Choice - Invest in Innovations for Poorest or Let Millions Starve
Gates Foundation, 25 January 2012
Fourth annual letter highlights progress in developing countries, outlines new approaches to help poorest build self-sufficiency Read more »
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View of northern Kenya from the air. Northern Kenya has been affected by the now infamous Horn of Africa drought, which triggered a food crisis affecting around 13 million people in Kenya, Somalia and ... see more »
Thousands of Villages Hit By Severe Food Shortages
UNIRIN, 24 January 2012
Nearly half Niger's population does not have enough to eat and the government says it is facing a grain shortfall of 692,501 tons, following another severe drought across the… Read more »
Progress Towards a Food-Secure Africa
IPS, 20 January 2012
A growing number of African countries are making significant progress towards eradicating extreme hunger and poverty. Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and South Africa… Read more »
Melinda Gates Joins U.S. Senators in Visit to American Funded Projects
U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam, 13 January 2012
A delegation of six United States Senators visited Arusha on January 11 to see first-hand the impact of development projects funded by the American people in Tanzania. Read more »
Project Improves Nutritional Value of Bananas
QUT, 21 December 2011
Bill and Melinda Gates have paid a visit to Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers working on a banana biofortification project which aims to improve the production… Read more »
Widespread Progress, Better Quality of Life
allAfrica, 26 May 2011
Critics of foreign aid to Africa say that much of the assistance goes to waste. But author and economist Charles Kenny sees things differently. Kenny, who writes a weekly column… Read more »
Once known as 'poor man's food', cassava -- a starchy tuber -- may now be among the best hopes for reducing poverty in the West African country of ... see more »
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