Bill Gates Foundation Announces $9.7 mn Aid for Indian Farmers

New York, Oct 15 (IANS) The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a $9.7 million grant for poor farmers in India as part of a $120 million programme for the uplift of agriculture in endemically poor regions of the world.

"Melinda and I believe that helping the poorest small-holder farmers grow more crops and get them to market is the world's single most powerful lever for reducing hunger and poverty," Gates said in Des Moines, Iowa, announcing the new programme.

Gates said the world must draw inspiration from the agricultural transformation in some countries like India in the 1960s to 1980s, known as the Green Revolution, that averted famine, saved hundreds of millions of lives and fuelled widespread economic development.

At the same time, he felt, scientists, governments and others must also not repeat the mistakes of the original Green Revolution, such as the overuse of fertilisers and irrigation.

"In India the project aims to mobilize 120,000 women into self-help groups to assist them in improving their farm productivity and food security, enhancing their household income," the foundation said.

"The primary aim is to create sustainable farm-based livelihood for rural families in endemically poor regions of India by training women farmers in land and water management and modern farming practices, establishing village extension services and building effective market linkages."

To date, the foundation has committed $1.4 billion to agricultural development efforts across the globe.


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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Thu, Oct 15 2009

    Just a question to those who said that foreign money is coming in to churches and mosques and is being utilised for conversion, is this money be given to only christian farmers? Secondly why Bill Gates didnt donate to church for converting into christianity. Unfounded allegations with lot of bias and without facts to support are being circulated to create a big devide amongst communities. We all are Indian and one......Dont be a victim of emotional blackmail as perperators know religion is a sensitive subject so they touch this sensitivity to ignite violence and hatred.

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  • Ronald Almeida, Kuwait

    Thu, Oct 15 2009

    May God almighty Bless Mr & Mrs Gates Foundation.... Ron.

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