The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced plans to create a new nonprofit to bring scientific breakthroughs to smallholder farmers whose yields are threatened by the effects of climate change. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Agricultural Innovations, or Gates Ag One, will be based in St. Louis, Missouri.
Gates Ag One plans to work with partners from the public and private sector to commercialize resilient, yield-enhancing seeds and traits.
“We needed to accelerate the access to the kinds of products and services that low-income people and smallholder farmers need in order to protect their livelihoods and enhance their productivity in a different environment,” said Rodger Voorhies, president at the Gates Foundation’s Global Growth & Opportunity division.
Missouri is the global leader in agtech, and gateway to the future of advanced farming. With companies including the Danforth Plant Science Center, Bayer Crop Science, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Yield Lab, DuPont, BASF, Bunge North America, KWS, Zoetis, AgriLabs, Boehringer Ingelheim and more calling the Show-Me state home, it’s a no-brainer that expanding you agtech business in Missouri is the right choice.