The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is joining the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is also active in the livestock sector. Livestock is a key part of farming in developing countries and is crucial to the livelihoods of more than 900 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The Foundation therefore supports efforts to improve the health and productivity of livestock—particularly chickens, goats, and cows—by improving animal genetics and veterinary care. To ensure that farmers can benefit from animal health and genetics technologies, the foundation tests models for providing farmers with the knowledge and tools they need to increase their on-farm production and connect to stable markets. This work particularly aims to increase income-generating opportunities for women, who may have little control over productive resources such as land, but sometimes own and control livestock, especially poultry and goats.

Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann and Co-Chair William H. Gates, Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

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