Gates Ag One is catalyzing an Open Innovation Network that informs, accelerates, and sustains an innovation ecosystem.

Collaborative innovation offers many benefits:

  • Innovating within communities unlocks the possibility of new insights and partnerships.
  • A united network streamlines crop research and development and yields transformative products.
  • Co-development increases long-lasting value.
  • Collaboration accelerates progress.

OUR Principles

Acceleration

As an accelerator, we are driven by the stark challenges that smallholder farmers face in cultivating crops under increasingly uncertain and difficult conditions. We are also propelled by optimism and driven by our mission to develop improved crops for smallholders and reduce the “time to market” for them to access, and benefit from, these innovations.

Collaboration

Partnerships are essential to our work. Through our Open Innovation Network, we aim to convene a network of partners bridging sectors and markets. These alliances will help us co-develop cutting-edge, improved varieties and build an enabling environment to ensure they can reach smallholder farmers.

Access

At every step, we aim to advance smallholder farmers accessing improved crops that meet their specific needs. Only when smallholders and our local partners inform our research priorities, will our efforts be meaningful and reflect how issues like climate change, poverty, and gender inequality affect their lives and livelihoods.

Our Geographies

Gates Ag One targets those regions where the scale of need and market viability are greatest.

We focus our work in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where smallholders make an essential contribution yet face increasingly challenging conditions both on the demand and supply side — from climate change, lack of access to agricultural technologies, growing populations, and evolving consumer preferences.

Infographic illustrating: 500 million smallholder farms worldwide; depended on by 2 billion + people; and producing 35% of food for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia Infographic illustrating: 500 million smallholder farms worldwide; depended on by 2 billion + people; and producing 35% of food for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia