Gallery: Bill Gates Calls on Global Community to Stabilize the World’s ...


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports work in education and global development to a degree that few other foundations can claim – and now it’s even taking on the problem of global agriculture production. In a speech on Thursday in Rome, Gates called on world leaders to join him in attempting to create a stable global food supply. Though specifics weren’t mentioned, he did say he thought a plan could be in place by the end of the year to get all nations on Earth to compete in a race to create an agricultural system robust enough to solve the global food supply crisis.

Gates’ plan focuses on the agricultural departments of the United Nations and their ability to implement strategies in agriculture that increase yield while keeping costs low. He, as not many others can do, criticized their past work saying their agencies — the Food and Agriculture Organization, The World Food Program and the International Fund for Agricultural Development — weren’t focused enough on the results of agriculture. He believes that by digging deep and discovering strategies that work in the real world to improve yield we can disseminate that information worldwide and improve global yields.

“The world’s agriculture and food system is now outdated and inefficient,” Gates said in his speech, according to the New York Times. “Countries, food agencies and donors aren’t working together in a focused and coordinated way to provide the help small farmers need, when they need it.” During his speech, Gates announced that the Gates Foundation will be bringing $200 million in new grants into their agricultural programs, which brings the Foundation’s total agricultural grants to $2 billion. With food prices up, investment in agriculture down, the global population increasing and the need for a more secure food system as important as ever, the dedication of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to this global problem is promising for a bright future where food security can become a thing of the past.

+ The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Via The New York Times

Lead image by the World Economic Forum on Flickr

Second image by Rae Allen on Flickr

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  1. ColleenFriesen April 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Readers might want to check out the work of Dr. Vandana Shiva. I’ve written about her on my blog, where you can also listen to a podcast of a CBC Radio interview. It would be wonderful if the world could follow her lead.

  2. jhan86 March 28, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    U.S. soybean farmers are addressing the global crop yield challenge noted by Bill Gates. In fact, we are helping to increase food production by 50% by the year 2030, as directed by the United Nations. We are able to meet this need through biotechnology advances.

    Crops improved through biotechnology have been shown to increase production by 7-10 times. At the same time there is a decrease in chemical applications and carbon emissions. And farmers earn higher incomes in every country that grows biotech crops, with the largest gains in the soybean sector.

    For more information on U.S. farmers helping to meet the world health and hunger needs, please check out

  3. johnpaul2012 February 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Perhaps you should Google Bill Gates and Monsanto. Gates is in bed with them, and they are not about “stablizing” food, but rather controlling and monopolizing food. Certainly Inhabitat is aware of Monsatano’s bullying of farmers and all their other self-serving misdeeds including the pushing of frankenfoods and stifling those who resist them.

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