Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In a February 2012 speech, Bill Gates declared, “If you care about the poorest, you care about agriculture. Investments in agriculture are the best weapons against hunger and poverty, and they have made life better for billions of people.”

For many years, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has been actively working with IFPRI to bring this vision into action, focusing on sustainable agricultural growth, investment in agricultural research, provision of safety nets to strengthen resilience, prioritization of nutrition interventions for women and children, property rights and management of natural resources, and much more. Together, BMGF and IFPRI have produced cutting-edge research and set measurable targets for increasing agricultural productivity.

Highlights of this innovative collaboration is in this brochure.

Ending poverty & hunger: IFPRI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Launched in 2003, IFPRI’s partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has brought us many steps closer to our shared vision of a world free of hunger and malnutrition, where, in the words of Bill and Melinda Gates, “all lives have equal value.” This report highlights the progress we have made together, as we work to end hunger and poverty, a goal that we both agree is within reach.

Championing Evidence-Based Agricultural Policy: Committing to agriculture investments through CAADP

In 2003, DFID and other funders requested IFPRI’s involvement in supporting the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) agenda of scaling up agriculture investments. The 2014 Malabo Declaration outlines seven commitments for advancing CAADP and transforming Africa’s agricultural growth and development. In the declaration, African leaders recommitted to the principles and values of CAADP, including >> Read more

HarvestPlus: Reducing micronutrient malnutrition

Since 2004, alongside 70 partner organizations in more than 40 countries, HarvestPlus, which is supported by several transformational donors including the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), has sought to reduce micronutrient malnutrition through biofortification. This means conventionally breeding staple food crops with higher levels of key micronutrients—namely, iron, vitamin A, and zinc—identified by >> Read more

Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA)

IFPRI leads the policy research component of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), a regional effort designed to raise agricultural productivity and enhance farmers’ incomes. Between 2010 and 2015, more than one million farmers in Bangladesh benefited from higher yields because of stress-tolerant rice varieties distributed by CSISA.

Alive & Thrive

Alive & Thrive is a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation–funded initiative aims to combat global child undernutrition and strengthen the promotion of and support for appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam. In Bangladesh, the Alive & Thrive initiative reached 1.7 million mothers of children under two with information on IYCF. In addition, Alive & Thrive supported the adoption and implementation of a unified, national IYCF communication strategy in Bangladesh.

IFPRI: Strengthening Food and Nutrition Policies and Programs in Bangladesh

IFPRI has played an important role promoting evidence-based policies and investments, contributing to Bangladesh’s remarkable progress. The Institute’s work will be celebrated at its Bangladesh Country Office Inaugural Ceremony on October 24, 2016 in Dhaka.