Gates Foundation Pushes Research on Family Planning, Farming

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a USD1.15 million grant to the University of California in San Francisco to determine the benefits of integrating family planning in HIV treatment and care programs. The university will partner with Ibis Reproductive Health and the Kenya Medical Research Institute to determine if integrating family planning in Kenyan HIV programs will increase the use of contraceptives and reduce unplanned pregnancies among HIV-positive women, San Francisco Business Times reports.

The Gates Foundation also partnered with private firm Pionner Hi-Bred to help scientists develop innovative ways that would allow farmers in Africa to increase their production while decreasing their use of fertilizer, Des Moines Register reports.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.