Earth Science News  





. Gates donates 20 mln dollars to help rice farmers: institute

by Staff Writers
Manila (AFP) Jan 28, 2008
Bill Gates, the world's richest man, is to donate nearly 20 million dollars for research into helping rice farmers deal with global warming, the International Rice Research Institute said Monday.

The Philippines-based institute said it would use the donation from the Microsoft founder to harness scientific advances and address major unsolved problems in agriculture.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would release the 19.9-million-dollar grant over three years, the institute said.

The money initially would help give improved rice strains and linked technology to 400,000 small farmers in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, it added.

"Farmers are expected to achieve a 50 percent increase in their yields within the next 10 years," the institute said in a statement.

"The new funding comes at a vital time for rice farmers, who are now facing major production pressure and rising prices that threaten Asia's continued economic growth," the body said.

The donation would help farmers struggling with little or no irrigation by helping to develop and distribute rice strains capable of withstanding stresses such as drought and flooding, the institute said.

Robert S. Zeigler, the institute's director general, emphasised that climate change threatened to worsen the frequency and severity of such problems, making the need for hardy crops urgent.

"If we are serious about ending extreme hunger and poverty around the world, we must be serious about transforming agriculture for small farmers -- most of whom are women," said Gates in the statement.

He is to step down as head of Microsoft in July to devote his time to running his foundation, which works to reduce global economic inequalities.

The grant from Gates is part of 306-million-dollar package that nearly doubles the foundation's investments in agriculture, the institute said.

Rice is a staple food for 2.4 billion people. Annual rice output must increase by nearly 70 percent to nearly 880 million tonnes in 2025 to meet projected global demand, according to the institute's estimates.

Community
Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Related Links
Farming Today - Suppliers and Technology




Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
Thousands Of Crop Varieties From Four Corners Of The World Depart For Arctic Seed Vault
Mexico City, Mexico (SPX) Jan 24, 2008
At the end of January, more than 200,000 crop varieties from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East-drawn from vast seed collections maintained by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)-will be shipped to a remote island near the Arctic Circle, where they will be stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV), a facility capable of preserving their vitality for thousands of years.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • China To Monitor Global Disasters Through Satellite
  • IAEA team back at Japan's quake-hit nuclear plant
  • China launches emergency rescue for missing Russian ship
  • Mass false limb find to help quake victims

  • When Accounting For The Global Nitrogen Budget Do Not Forget Fish
  • Economists Help Climate Scientists To Improve Global Warming Forecasts
  • US pushes its climate change agenda despite criticism
  • Benin's Cotonou - a city slowly swallowed by waves

  • New Radar Satellite Technique Sheds Light On Ocean Current Dynamics
  • SPACEHAB Subsidiary Wins NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory Contract
  • Radical New Lab Fights Disease Using Satellites
  • SKorea decides to terminate satellite: space agency

  • House carbon-offset program scrutinized
  • Gushan Environmental Energy Limited Opens Beijing Biodiesel Plant
  • Exxonmobil Battery Separator Film Technologies Help Put Electric Vehicles On The Road
  • Walker's World: Europe's Green wars begin

  • Rains offer hope for bird virus outbreak
  • Epidemic superbug strains evolved from one bacterium: study
  • Researchers Put The Bite On Mosquitoes
  • Exploration Of Lake Hidden Beneath Antarctica's Ice Sheet Begins

  • Nonlinear Ecosystem Response Points To Environmental Solutions
  • US scientists close to creating artificial life: study
  • Hot Springs Microbes Hold Key To Dating Sedimentary Rocks
  • Giant genome sequencing project announced

  • In Cairo the noise pollution can be a killer
  • One dead, hundreds sick after China chemical leak: hospitals
  • LSU, Yale Team Study Agricultural Impact On Mississippi River
  • Fog causing high dust levels in Bulgaria: environmental agency

  • Brain Connections Strengthen During Waking Hours And Weaken During Sleep
  • Higher China fines for stars breaking one-child rule: state media
  • Fueling And Feeding Bigfoot
  • English to be the world's 'language of choice': British PM

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement