Gates Foundation works to boost food production

Gates Foundation works to boost food production

Carey Gillam, Reuters

The Gates Foundation, which is already a force in agricultural research and development in Africa, said it would donate $70 million to a new collaboration that will focus on addressing threats to food production in the developing world, including crop diseases, pests, poor soils and harsh weather.

The Gates Foundation has a long history in agricultural development, spending over $2 billion for projects in developing countries.

The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) is partnering with Gates and will contribute $32 million over the next five years to the effort.

Gates officials said the money will go toward scientific research that helps farmers produce more and better food.

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