Bill Gates, billionaire, philanthropist, and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, recently met with José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, to discuss agricultural reform.
As part of his philanthropic activities at the head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates recently came out in support of agricultural reform and sustainability efforts. He and his organization have pledged millions of dollars to support local farmers across the globe and have promised to fund productivity programs and agricultural research.
Gates’ meeting with da Silva focused on boosting sustainable productivity, increasing market accessibility, and improving agricultural statistic, information, and communication technology to benefit small farmers around the world. As a symbolic gesture of cooperation, da Silva presented Gates with a permanent FAO building pass.
Agricultural sustainability and innovation have been major concerns at the UN. With weather patterns in flux and the threat of global climate change increasing, international organizations are determined to boost agricultural production in the poorest and most threatened regions of the world. Without major agricultural reform, scientists and researchers believe that the world may face a major hunger crisis that could lead to serious political and economic instability.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer