Gates Ag One will focus on accelerating agricultural innovation for smallholder farmers, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. (Gates Foundation Photo)

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is starting up a new nonprofit group that will focus on providing small-scale farmers in developing countries with the tools and innovations they’ll need to deal with the effects of climate change.

The nonprofit is known as Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations, or Gates Ag One for short. The effort will be headquartered in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, and will be headed by Joe Cornelius, who’s currently a director within the Gates Foundation’s Global Growth & Opportunity Division. Gates Ag One will work closely with the foundation’s Agricultural Development team.

Gates Ag One will focus on smallholder

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