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Gates Foundation agriculture spending analysed

The international not-for-profit organisation Grain has published a breakdown of how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation allocated more than $3 billion in agricultural grants during the past 10 years.

The Gates Foundation has spent $3.11bn (£1.94bn) on agriculture between 2003 and 2014, according to Grain.The largest amount of money, $720 million, went to CGIAR, the consortium of international food security research centres. The International Food Policy Research Institute received $167m, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center $132m, and the International Rice Research Institute $139m. Other members of the consortium received less than $100m. 

Universities and national research centres received a total of $678m. Grain highlights that more than 75 per cent of this went directly to institutions in Europe and the United States, although the report does not say whether institutions in other continents received a share of the same money, for example for collaborative work. 

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