The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Catalyzing agricultural innovation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a very recent entrant in the agricultural development space. We have been active in this area for just over five years, yet we quickly became a major donor and advocate for smallholder agricultural development. Between the years 2006 and 2011, the Foundation invested close to US$2 billion to promote sustainable agricultural productivity growth, with a particular emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The Foundation is currently among the top five donors providing grants for agricultural development in Sub-Saharan Africa and possibly the top source of public research and development (R&D) support for the region.

This brief is one of series on scaling up in agriculture, rural development, and nutrition.

Pingali, Prabhu
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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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