Summary Box: Gates urges UN to aid poor farmers

AP News
Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:21 PM

THE NEWS: Bill Gates pressed U.N. food agencies to become more efficient in helping poor farmers and to set up a kind of accountability "report card" system for countries receiving aid.

THE SUPPORT: The Microsoft founder also announced Thursday nearly $200 million in grants from his foundation.

THE BACKGROUND: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent some $2 billion over the past five years fighting poverty and hunger in Africa and Asia, with much of that spent on improving agricultural productivity.

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