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.

2020 Vision Conference: Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health

MOTIVATION Agriculture, nutrition, and health are inseparably linked—agriculture provides food to nourish people so they can lead healthy lives, and productive agriculture requires the labor of healthy, well-nourished people. But can agriculture do more to improve human health and nutrition? In February 2011, IFPRI’s 2020 Vision Initiative brought together the agriculture, nutrition, and health sectors >> Read more

Gender, Agriculture, and Assets

IFPRI is evaluating the impact of agricultural development programs on gender asset inequality and other development outcomes.

Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development

MOTIVATION Learning from successes in agricultural development is now more urgent than ever. To understand what works in agriculture—what sorts of policies, programs, and investments in agricultural development have actually reduced hunger and poverty—the project Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, identified 20 proven successes around >> Read more

Country Development Strategies

Country development strategies link investment choices with development objectives supporting poverty reduction and economic growth. However, within many countries, policy choices are difficult because policymakers don’t have enough internal support to generate the information they need to make good decisions and prioritize investments. Within this context, IFPRI’s research aims to generate new knowledge, build local capacity, and create policy dialogues that support agricultural and rural growth and reduce poverty.


Since 2004, HarvestPlus has been working to combat micronutrient malnutrition, also known as “hidden hunger,” which afflicts billions of people worldwide.

West African Agriculture and Climate Change

Maize, millet, rice, and sorghum are the major cereal crops in West Africa, yet yields from these crops are very low compared to the world average and even other regions within Africa. A changing climate will challenge production systems already under pressure to increase output to feed a growing population.