Poverty runs rampant across Nepal, a country in transition after 10 years of conflict. The average Nepalese earns less than $1.30 a day and more than a quarter of the population survives below the poverty line. 

This spring, we partnered with MasterCard Worldwide to pilot a mobile voucher distribution system here that efficiently delivers funds through data applications and SMS messages. In the event of a disaster in Nepal, the system would be able to quickly help those who have no other safety nets. 

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There’s a crisis brewing in Niger, West Africa. Years of unpredictable rains, intense poverty and a poor harvest in 2011 have left 5.5 million people (over a third of the country’s population) facing significant food shortages this year. A deeply worrying 1.3 million of that number are at serious risk from hunger and need immediate humanitarian assistance.
Read more about our response, and what you can do to help.

There’s a crisis brewing in Niger, West Africa. Years of unpredictable rains, intense poverty and a poor harvest in 2011 have left 5.5 million people (over a third of the country’s population) facing significant food shortages this year. A deeply worrying 1.3 million of that number are at serious risk from hunger and need immediate humanitarian assistance.

Read more about our response, and what you can do to help.

The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively modest amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families. If we don’t, one in seven people will continue living needlessly on the edge of starvation. My annual letter this year is an argument for making the choice to keep on helping extremely poor people build self-sufficiency.
Bill Gates in his annual letter, focusing on the need to support small farmers by investing in agricultural innovation.