The Future of Farming

I think agricultural productivity is one of the most basic things that can help the poor move to a more prosperous life. There was a green revolution based on new seeds and it raised nutrition levels, it reduced poverty It was one of the great breakthroughs of all time. Now we need to bring that advance to Africa. If you look at productivity per hectare in Africa, it’s a fifth of what we have in the United States. But there’s no doubt that a combination of better seeds and better inputs, including fertilizer, can raise African agricultural productivity. Ethiopia is part way down that path. They’ve almost doubled agricultural output over the last eight years. There’s tons of ways that digital technology helps farmers. The cell phone is really kind of unbelievable. You know, market prices—what’s working? What’s going on with the weather? All these decisions about what to plant. What are the prices? What are the diseases? Eventually it is like your lifeline to all of the expertise that’s out there. Soil maps. They can be looking at these satellite photos and say, gosh, we seem to be getting high productivity here, low productivity here. You take a photo of something and some expert looks at it and says, okay, that doesn’t have enough potassium or enough nitrogen. That’s mostly in the future, but that’s real stuff. It’s mind blowing.

42 thoughts on “The Future of Farming

  1. I don't know. Poverty is becoming a bigger issue here in America. If we can't address the problems here how are we really to address them there? Africa will just wind up with our problems.

  2. Бля, ты же самый богатый человек в мире, норм видос не можешь запилить? Непонятно это все

  3. I think the use of technology to get an accurate idea of market demand, supply, and prices in a transparent way is really important. This could even the playing field for smaller farmers who have to face competition with larger enterprises and unfair treatment from agents and middlemen who control information.

  4. Africa alog with a bunch of other places actually have a surplus of food but throws them out cause they can't sell them XD
    this is what happens when money takes priority over feeding a nation.

  5. Africa is the richest continent on Earth but colonialists and capitalists ripped the hell off their resources. You want to give them smartphones because now you're remotely colonizing the continent. Bunch of lazy smarty pants who still are greedy to reap what they plant. Just leave them alone for the sake of humanitarianism. THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE AND FARMING IS GOING BACK TO THE FARM AND EATING WHAT THE EARTH GIVES US, NOT WHAT YOUR CANCEROUS PROCESSING FACTORIES IMPOSE ON US TO EAT. ENOUGH WITH THIS RIP OFF.

  6. Can I ask a channel admin for subtitles in english? It's a lot easier for me to understand english language. Please 🙂

  7. Sorry, commenters. Bill Gates does not read nor give a shit about your misinformed, misguided, conspiracy theory GMO/Monsanto bullshit. He's busy reading books, evidence based papers, being informed by actual experts in the field, and steering clear of the knuckle dragging idiots on YouTube and Facebook. Now, please go back to your echo chamber (ie, Facebook) and preach your nonsense to the 3% who hasn't gotten around to hiding you from their newsfeed yet.

  8. yeah you can give them cell phones but if they dont know how to use them i.e. read a soil map or actually read then there is no point giving it to them in the first place

  9. Hasta que los Estados vean que el desarrollo de un país se debe a la explotación de los recursos naturales no sin el apoyo de las tecnologías, gracias Sr. Bill Gates por sus aportes al desarrollo

  10. When i have una oportunidad hay que hablar personal mente y hay algunas cosas que quisiera que tu y tu esposa me dieran su opinion

  11. You are beautiful.

    As something new evolved changes occur,

    From that change, the power to protect the old system moves.


    With a strong resistant force,

    New changes are eliminated.

    again and again.


    After all,

    Human beings,

    If new changes evolve,

    It will adapt to that new change.

    You are beautiful.

    Thank you very much.

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  14. Sad that this video is silent on micro-biological life of soil. Increase productivity, you destroy soil. We need to ear differently!

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