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[News] How Bill Gates Makes Money While Pretending to Make Charity (Harper's Cover Story)

  • Subject: [News] How Bill Gates Makes Money While Pretending to Make Charity (Harper's Cover Story)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:46:25 +0000
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Can Bill Gates turn hunger into profit?

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| Gates, Sheeran explained, was going to help 
| the WFP expand its program of local 
| purchasing to small farmers and grain 
| traders in the farther reaches of their 
| client nations. Such purchases, as 
| logistically difficult as they might be, 
| would increase and support the agricultural 
| efforts of these so-called smallholders. 
| âThis is the next wave of the story,â said 
| Sheeran.
| Grain purchases from small farmers and 
| traders would put cash into the hands of 
| hundreds of thousands of people and 
| encourage farmers to plant and harvest more 
| and more food. In addition, the WFP would 
| put these farmers in contact with other 
| groups, who would in turn help them acquire 
| better seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides, 
| more advanced irrigation systems, larger 
| warehouse facilities, and improved access 
| to roads. Thus could a poverty-stricken 
| peasant move from being a recipient of food 
| aid one year, to creating a bit of surplus 
| the next, to making a profitable business 
| out of it a few years down the lineâand 
| supplying food for others.
| In order to realize these plans, the World 
| Food Program would guarantee a market where 
| none might now exist. They would do so, in 
| part, by âforward contracting,â whereby the 
| WFP would promise to purchase a certain 
| amount of a farmerâs output, at a certain 
| price, either one, two, or three years down 
| the line. Such guarantees would give small 
| farmers the incentive to plant more crops, 
| since they could count on an eventual 
| market for their goods. A WFP contract 
| might even help farmers get credit from the 
| local bank, or perhaps a bit of crop 
| insurance.
| Josette Sheeran told me the acronym for her 
| pilot program: P4P, which stands for 
| Purchase for Progress. The $76 million 
| program would be funded by the Howard G. 
| Buffet Foundation, the Bill and Melinda 
| Gates Foundation, and the government of 
| Belgium. In its first year of forward 
| contracting, P4P would commit the World 
| Food Program to purchasing 40,000 tons of 
| food from 350,000 small farmers. âWe are 
| studying a proposal with Bill Gates on a 
| way to do the contract,â Sheeran said.
| [...]
| Bill Gates. Why, despite our spending more 
| money than had ever been spent to solve the 
| problem of world hunger, and why, despite 
| everybodyâs best efforts to reconceptualize 
| the problemâwhy were more and more people 
| going hungry? Perhaps Gates would consider 
| the paradox that our efforts might be 
| exacerbating the problem, that all we were 
| doing was wrong. Obviously, this was not 
| the kind of thing I could vet beforehand 
| with a publicist, or send over to 
| media@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx expecting a 
| response. The nature of the question seemed 
| to defy reason. Which was why I went to 
| visit Amartya Sen.


Gates Foundation and human rights violations in China

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| If the Gates Foundation cares about the 
| health and development of people in China 
| then it could lobby Microsoft to make safer 
| software.



Dark cloud over good works of Gates Found


Gates Foundation Revokes Pledge to Review Portfolio

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| ...the Gates Foundation took down their public statement on this
| and replaced it with a significantly altered version which seems to
| say that investing responsibly would just be too complex for them
| and that they need to focus on their core mission: 'There are
| dozens of factors that could be considered, almost all of which
| are outside the foundation's areas of expertise. The issues
| involved are quite complex...


Gates Foundationâs Influence Criticized

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| The chief of malaria for the World Health Organization has complained that
| the growing dominance of malaria research by the Bill and Melinda Gates
| Foundation risks stifling a diversity of views among scientists and wiping
| out the world health agencyâs policy-making function.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation- Truth Revealed


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation- Truth Revealed Part 2

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