Gates and José Graziano da
at FAO Headquarters in Rome, ItalyPhoto: FAO
Key points of discussion included:
- improving agricultural data systems
- boosting support to smallholder farmers to increase productivity and market access
- developing a public, multi-agency scorecard to better measure the progress of hunger reduction.
Gates addressed the "need to make sure the benefits of the digital revolution and scientific innovations reach poor farmers worldwide and are better used in gathering and analyzing data."
Before meeting at FAO, Gates spoke to the 35th Session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He said,
"This future will begin with another revolution in agricultural productivity. Sustainable yield increases will lead to a better living for farm families; they will also make food more accessible and cheaper for the growing number of poor families living in cities. In short, more productive small farmers are the key to achieving the Millennium Development Goals on hunger and poverty. If you care about the poorest, you care about agriculture."