Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help people lead healthy and productive lives in developing countries.
It focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.
The foundation is working on breaking the cycles of hunger and poverty by providing small farmers with the tools and opportunities to boost their productivity, increase their incomes, and build better lives for themselves and their families.
Foundation’s Agricultural Development initiative aims to help small-scale farmers in developing countries improve their productivity and gain access to markets.
Agricultural development funds are focused in four areas: 1. Increased farmer productivity – Work to provide poor farmers with access to improved inputs, training, and support networks to help them make better choices and improve their productivity while protecting natural resources.
2. Links to markets – Seek to link farmers to new and existing markets and provide them with access to information to support their decision-making.
3. New technologies – From traditional seed breeding to the newest biotechnologies, the partners employ a range of approaches in the search for solutions that will help small farmers.
4. Data, research, and policy analysis – This is done by supporting data collection, research and policy analysis related to agricultural development. This is critical in evaluating the impact of various approaches, getting accurate information to small farmers and assessing the effects of national and international agriculture policies.
Please note that Agricultural Development grants are made through request for proposals (RFPs).