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.

HarvestPlus

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.

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme: Long-Term Strategic Analysis for Improved Growth and Poverty Reduction

MOTIVATION After years of declining investment in rural development and low agricultural productivity, the African Union Commission launched the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in 2003. Participating African governments committed to allocate 10 percent of their national budgets to agriculture in order to help achieve a 6 percent annual agricultural growth rate. With USAID >> Read more

Aflatoxins in Groundnuts in Mali

MOTIVATION Aflatoxins are naturally occurring carcinogenic substances found in high quantities in some of Africa’s crops. They spread rapidly in warm tropical climates, inflicting harm on humans and animals. In 2008, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the AflaControl project analyzed groundnuts in Mali: these groundnuts were the focus of major livelihood >> Read more

The Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators Initiative

Informing Policymakers for Better Allocation of Research & Development Resources

Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development

Learning from successes in agricultural development is now more urgent than ever.