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Gates working with Brazil on African, Asian ag development

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Tuesday that it is broadening its commitment to agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by signing a memorandum of understanding with a Brazilian government agency and providing a $2.5 million grant to the Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace, developed by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) to promote development in Africa through agricultural innovation.

The memorandum of understanding with the Brazilian Agency for Cooperation will lead to collaboration on a number of potential projects, ranging from developing more productive and nutritious staple crops to improving soil and water management techniques, as well as reducing crop loss after harvest, the foundation said in a news release.
Sam Dryden
Sam Dryden, Gates Foundation
The foundation also noted that it has already formed a partnership with the Chinese Government’s Ministry of Science and Technology to support innovative research and development and manufacturing of new products for global health and agriculture.

“Three-quarters of the world’s poorest people get their food and income from farming small plots of land,” said Sam Dryden, director of Agricultural Development for the Gates Foundation.

“Brazil’s advanced technical expertise in tropical agriculture, in addition to its success in designing innovative programs for smallholder farmers, puts them in a great position to work closely with developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve food security,” Dryden said.