The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledges US$922M to bridge global nutrition gap

US – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to commit US$922 million over the next five years to address global nutrition.  The pledge, delivered at the first-ever United Nations Food Systems Summit, is the foundation’s largest nutrition commitment to date, a statement from the foundation said.   Through the new commitment, the foundation aims to advance its mission of ensuring women and children have the nutrition they need to live healthy and productive lives.   Bill Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation noted that investment in nutrition is critical to…

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FAO receives US$10m towards fight against the East Africa desert locust infestation

EAST AFRICA – FAO has received a US$10 million donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the fight against the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa as the UN agency expanded its appeal to more donors to help prevent the humanitarian crisis. “I want to thank the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its generous support as the Desert Locust threatens to provoke a humanitarian crisis,” Director-General QU Dongyu said.  “I urge other donors to follow their lead so we can protect rural livelihoods and assist farmers…

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AfDB relaunches initiative to support African agricultural transformation

AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) with support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has relaunched the Leadership for Agriculture (L4AG) Forum. The L4AG Forum is a platform that seeks to assist African agriculture ministers and other key stakeholders to promote strong growth in agricultural production and value addition in their countries. The newly launch, which took place in Accra, Ghana on the margins of the African Green Revolution Forum, entailed a series of presentations and roundtable discussions where participants shared their experiences, challenges,…

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German government injects US$2.25m in Nigeria’s rice production initiative

NIGERIA – The German government, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has provided US$2.25 million for the implementation of the second phase of the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) in Nigeria. Mr Jean-Bernard Lalannehe, The Programme Director of CARI, said that the second phase of the project, dubbed CARI-2, would be implemented in Kebbi, Kaduna and Jigawa states. He said the aim was to help smallholder farmers increase their income and provide their families and the country with high-quality rice, report News Agency of Nigeria. The second…

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Bill Gates to fund Scotland’s smart agriculture projects to yield super crops

SCOTLAND – Scotland farmers have gone for smart agriculture in growing ‘super crops’ and breeding high yielding cows following the announcement by Bill Gates and Britain to fund innovative agricultural projects in the country. The funding of US$174 million from Britain’s Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will support farmers who will venture into high milk yielding cows and high quality egg-laying chicken. According to BusinessLIVE, this funding will also cover production of agricultural crops that are highly resistant to harsh environmental conditions and at…

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