Updated April 2014
Agriculture and rural development play a critical role in alleviating poverty and undernutrition. In a February 2012 speech, Bill Gates affirmed: “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. The international agriculture community needs to be more innovative, coordinated, and focused to help poor farmers grow more. If we can do that, we can dramatically reduce suffering and build self-sufficiency.”
Working with many longstanding partners, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IFPRI conducts research that puts this vision into action every day, 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. IFPRI and its partners help to improve programs and initiatives for vulnerable people. By serving as a trusted voice on food policy issues, IFPRI helps to change mindsets and provide evidence on how to improve food and nutrition security.
Together, IFPRI and the Gates Foundation have supported cutting-edge research and set measurable targets for increasing agricultural productivity. Agricultural research is a good investment: every US$1 invested in research by CGIAR—a global agriculture research partnership of which IFPRI is a member—yields approximately $9 of additional food in the developing world. This brochure highlights some of the key collaborations between IFPRI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.