Boosting the Productivity of Poor Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

The UK Government and the Gates Foundation partner to support agricultural research and boost productivity of poor farmers in developing nations in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Boosting the Productivity of Poor Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have formed a partnership to reduce hunger and poverty in developing countries by supporting agricultural research projects to help small farmers increase their yields and incomes. The collaboration will focus on dealing with the most serious threats to food production in the developing world—such as crop diseases, pests, poor soil quality, and extreme weather—and tackle these threats from multiple angles to develop long-term, sustainable solutions. Through this new collaboration, Cornell University is receiving US$40 million (£25 million) to continue its work to develop wheat varieties that are resistant to emerging strains of stem rust disease, such as Ug99, which are spreading out of East Africa and threatening the world’s wheat supply.

DFID is contributing approximately US$32 million (£20 million) over the next five years to this partnership, and the foundation is providing US$70 million (£44 million). Funding will support efforts that quickly put new technologies into the hands of small farmers, such as new seeds and robust, low-cost diagnostic tools; advance existing efforts by researchers, crop breeders, and development programs to help small farmers manage crop diseases and grow more nutritious crops; and support agricultural research that promotes cutting-edge scientific innovations.


  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000
    Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive...
  • Department for International Development (DFID) - United Kingdom

    Funding Agencies
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 1001-5000

    The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DFID is tackling the global challenges of time including poverty and disease, mass...

  • Cornell University

    Staff size: 10,000+

    Cornell University is an educational institution that offers undergraduate majors, graduate, undergraduate and advanced degrees, and continuing education and outreach programs. Cornell has seven...

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Key Information

LocationWorldwide, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Egypt, Ethiopia
  • Start Date 2011
  • End Date 2015
  • ValueUSD 102 Million