Bill Gates called for greater investment in agriculturally engineered crops that can adapt to climate change and resist agricultural pests, in an effort to end world hunger, and in the latest annual report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates said that the global hunger crisis is so massive that food aid is not It can completely solve the problem.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, Gates says that what is also required are innovations in agricultural technology that can help reverse the course of the crisis.
Gates is referring in particular to an innovation he calls “magic seeds,” including corn that has been nurtured to be more resistant to hotter and drier climates and rice that requires three fewer weeks in the field, which he said will allow for increased agricultural productivity despite climate change.
However, he stresses that the budget for research and development for new innovations such as magic seeds is still very small compared to spending on food aid.
“It is good that people want to save their fellow human beings from starvation when conflicts like what is happening in Ukraine cut off the food supply, but we also have to realize that these crises are symptoms of a deeper problem, many countries are not even growing enough Now, climate change is making farming more difficult…this challenge cannot be solved with donations, it requires innovation.”
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the world’s largest private foundation best known for its work in global health, including vaccines, and began in its current form in 2000, after Gates left the CEO position at Microsoft, the tech giant he co-founded.
The corporation has invested heavily in farming technology, including a type of corn seed that thrives in higher temperatures and drier conditions, known as D DryTEGO.
The seeds were first developed under the African Agricultural Technology Foundation program, which the Gates Foundation has awarded $131 million since 2008.
Since then, the Foundation has spent $1.5 billion on grants focused on agriculture in Africa, a nonprofit that researches charitable giving.
Gates points to the potential for predictive modeling using artificial intelligence to process genome sequences for crops along with environmental data and evoke a data-driven view of what farms will need to look like in the future.