Bill Gates has written his first annual letter about the work of the Gates Foundation. The lead link is for an audio slideshow presentation about agricultural innovations. The site quotes:
“Along with health, I think agricultural productivity is one of the most basic things that can help the poor move to a more prosperous life.” —Bill Gates on improvements in agricultural development.
A recent SciDevNet article reported on the news and focused on the fact Bill Gates has said he will increase spending on charitable causes in 2009 (up on 2008 by $500 million). This is good news during the woes of the current economic climate. Gates was reported to have said:
“without sustained investment the world will emerge from the economic downturn with even greater inequalities in health and education”.
For the full letter visit this link. This letter is not to replace the annual report which will be available later in the year at this url: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/about/Pages/annual-reports.aspx