The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched a partnership with the government of Brazil aimed at improving agricultural productivity among small farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The Memorandum of Understanding with the Brazilian Agency for Cooperation (ABC) will lead to collaboration on a number of potential projects ranging from developing more productive and nutritious staple crops, improving soil and water management techniques, as well as reducing crop loss after harvest. Through joint activities focused on capacity building, applied research and technology transfer, the partnership will improve the productivity of small-scale farming and reduce hunger and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia.
The partnership between the Gates Foundation and the Brazilian government extends beyond agriculture to also include global health issues. The foundation and the Brazilian Ministry of Health will also work together towards improving global vaccine access and promoting health innovation among Brazilian scientists. Brazil’s commitment to public health, its investment in health R&D and established vaccine manufacturing capacity provide a strong basis for this collaboration, which will address global health priorities shared by both partners.