28 Feb 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.