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Next green revolution must be greener than the first: Gates

world Updated: Oct 15, 2009 16:38 IST
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday said that the next round of green revolution –on the lines of those in India in 60s– should be greener than the first.

"The next Green Revolution has to be greener than the first," Bill Gates is expected to say on Thursday in a speech at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, the Foundation said in a statement.

"It must be guided by small-holder farmers, adapted to local circumstances, and sustainable for the economy and the environment," Gates will say laying out the Foundation's vision during his first major address on agricultural development.

The Gates Foundation also announced Wednesday grants to nine foundations totalling USD 120 million illustrating the range of efforts necessary to empower millions of small farmers to grow enough to build better, healthier lives.

Gates will also pay tribute to Dr Norman Borlaug, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his pioneering work in expanding agricultural production in the developing world, who died recently.

Gates will say that the world should draw inspiration from the agricultural transformation in Latin America and Asia during the 1960s to 1980s, known as the Green Revolution, which averted famine, saved hundreds of millions of lives, and fuelled widespread economic development.