Bill Gates Urges Farmers to Use Technology to Tackle Climate Change

The Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates calling on India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on November 18, 2019. Photo: PIB
The Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates calling on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on November 18, 2019. Photo: PIB

Bill Gates Urges Farmers to Use Technology to Tackle Climate Change

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a meeting on Monday (November 18) with Bill Gates, Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, during the latter’s three-day visit to India.

The two had last met in September in New York, on the sidelines of the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Gates Foundation had handpicked Modi for Goalkeepers Global Goals Award, although the Foundation was censured for its bad choice.

Bill Gates – the founder of global software company Microsoft – reinforced his Foundation’s commitment to supporting the Government of India in its efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a particular focus on health, nutrition, sanitation, and agriculture.

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Delivering the inaugural address at the 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-VIII) Bill Gates said, “The biggest challenge today is climate change at a time when we need to increase production and food availability.”

He suggested to use digital technology to deal with climate change and to ensure that the poorest farmers of the world get all the available information.

The number of small land holding farmers is over 2 billion in the world’s population of 7 billion. Gates said that these farmers‘ agricultural output is diminishing because of the climate change effects, as they drain out of their savings especially due to unexpected climatic disasters like droughts and floods.

“In order to tackle the issues of climate change, we need to double the investment in developing innovative seeds and particularly the seeds publicly available,” Gates suggested.

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