Agriculture Development

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Agriculture Development

OUR GOAL:to reduce hunger and poverty for millions of farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable way.

Nearly 1 billion people worldwide are affected by severe hunger and poverty. Many are farmers who rely on small plots of land (about one to two acres) for their food and income. Our goal is to help these farming families produce more food and increase their income, while preserving the land for future generations. We focus on the crops and livestock that are most important to farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Helping women farmers is one of our top priorities because women do much of the agricultural work and their well-being affects the health, welfare, and education of their children. Our Agricultural Development strategy, updated in 2011, is led by Pamela Anderson, director, and is part of the foundation Global Development Division.
From the 1960s to 1980s, the Green Revolution¬Ě in Asia and Latin America a sweeping effort to transform farming methods and improve staple crops such as maize, wheat, and rice helped to double food production and saved hundreds of millions of lives. Many governments and donors subsequently shifted their attention to other concerns, believing that the problem of inadequate food supply in the developing world had been solved. This was not the case in Sub-Saharan Africa, however, where some Green Revolution approaches were tried but failed.