The Bill & Melinda Gates works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives, focused on health, poverty, and opportunity. Their initiatives tackle some of the world’s toughest problems in the area of global health and development. For each issue, they seek to fund innovative ideas that could help remove barriers that prevent people from making the most of their lives.
As one of the largest initiatives at the Foundation, the Agricultural Development program seeks to reduce poverty for thousands of small-holder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia through a multi-faceted approach. Its interventions support work in a number of focus areas, including farmer services and systems, research and development, policies and data, livestock, and crop value chains.
AGRA is an independent African-led and Africa-based organization formed in 2006 in response to a call from former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Committed to putting farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy, AGRA’s investments are primarily focused on Africa’s family farmers – those cultivating crops and tending livestock on less than two hectares of land. With headquarters in Nairobi and offices in Ghana, Tanzania, Mali and Mozambique, it works with partners in 18 countries to serve millions of farmers and thousands of local agriculture businesses. AGRA’s collection highlight Africa-focused material drawing from investments that embrace food production practices that are environmentally sustainable and economically inclusive. Their programmatic foci include seed systems, soil health, market access, policy & advocacy, farmer organizations, innovative finance, and gender.
ATA is a strategy and delivery oriented government agency created to help accelerate the growth and transformation of Ethiopia’s agriculture sector. The Agency’s mandate is focused solely on improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers across the country. Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the ATA was created to address systemic bottlenecks, catalyze transformation in the country’s agricultural sector, and support partners to execute new technologies, approaches, and interventions. The ATA collection reflects the agency’s work in its five main focus areas: production & productivity, agribusiness & markets, sustainable and inclusive growth, enhanced implementation capacity, and analytics.