Revisiting the Gates Foundation’s program to feed Africa

Bill and Melinda Gates look to the audience at a conference
(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 26, 2018 Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates introduce the Goalkeepers event at the Lincoln Center in New York. - Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder-turned philanthropist, and his wife Melinda are divorcing after a 27-year-marriage, the couple said in a joint statement Monday. The announcement from one of the world's wealthiest couples, with an estimated net worth of some $130 billion, was made on Twitter. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP) (AFP)

With the recent changes to the Gates Foundation’s board in the wake of Bill and Melinda Gates’s divorce, many people are asking questions about the its future. But this is not the first time questions about the foundation have been raised. One development expert we spoke with claims AGRA, Bill Gates’s 20-year-old program to feed Africa through agriculture, failed in its goals. On this episode of The Take we look at the Gates Foundation, and at AGRA and what went wrong.

In this episode: 

  • Timothy Schwab (@TimothyWSchwab), investigative journalist and author of the upcoming book, The Good Billionaire on Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation
  • Timothy Wise (@TimothyAWise), researcher and international development expert, also author of Eating Tomorrow
  • David Otieno Ciddi, small-scale farmer, leader of Kenya’s peasants’ league and member of Via Campesina

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Source: Al Jazeera