$90 Million to Boost Incomes of Small Farmers in Africa
Posted by: philcrosby on Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced two significant partnerships and $48 million in grants to help hundreds of thousands of small cocoa and cashew farmers in sub-Saharan Africa significantly increase their incomes so they can lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.
The two grants -- $23 million to the World Cocoa Foundation and $25 million to the German development organization Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH -- were awarded in conjunction with $42 million in cash and in-kind contributions from private industry.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
Promotion of the African Union on Biosafety Issues
"The question of how to handle genetically modified organisms presents new challenges to the global business community, and also raises new environmental and consumer protection issues. Most African states do not have the technical expertise and legal instruments to weigh up the risks that GM organisms pose for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. Nor are these countries equipped to judge the related social and economic impacts and take steps to prevent them."