The Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation are uniting to try to jump-start a new Green Revolution. This is not aimed at electric cars for you and me. Not aimed at cheaper electricity for Beijing or London. This is aimed at agriculture in areas where starvation and povertyabound. Gates donations alone will exceed $300-millionfor Africa and other regions. Perhaps they want to spend it before the American dollar becomes worthless. The Rockefeller group is ponying up another $50 million. They've formed Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
The goal is to improve agricultural practics and output in Africa. Separatre donations will be made to help farming in Philippines and India as well.
You can go here for some details on how they plan to use this money. Here's a quick summary of the situation from Africancrops.net "The dynamic nature of African environments requires a focus on creating sustainable systems that can support growth. Population growth, urbanization, income growth, increasing consumption of meat, price depression in commodity markets, and global competition demands constant growth in agricultural production of at least 5% per year."