Agricultural development is one of the largest initiatives of the Gates Foundation. The Foundation has invested over $2 billion toward agricultural development efforts to reduce hunger and poverty for millions of farming families and increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable way.
The Gates Foundation's main goal is to reduce hunger and poverty for millions of farming families, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. By increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable way, we can provide enough nutritious food to eliminate starvation and malnutrition.
Recently Apeel Sciences received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to further our product development. Revolutionary breakthroughs in crop and produce protection make Apeel a natural partner for the Foundation's agricultural development program. The United Kingdom's Department for International Development also contributed funds for Apeel's research.
"Looking at the whole picture, one realizes that far too much food is wasted because of spoilage and pests," said James Rogers, Apeel's Science Director and CEO. "By significantly reducing food waste, we can save huge amounts of water and energy and make fresh produce available to more people."