AgBiome is focused on discovery and development of biological and transgenic products for crop protection. AgBiome identifies microbes from a wide variety of sources to harness their natural abilities to help crops resist pests and stresses.
Program Areas: Agricultural Development
African Agricultural Capital Fund
The African Agricultural Capital Fund provides growth capital to companies that boost the productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers in East Africa.
AgFunder News: AgTech accelerator launches first startup bringing Gates Foundation for Boragen $10m series A
By Louisa Burwood-Taylor March 2, 2017 AgTech Accelerator, the venture development organization, has launched its first startup, Boragen, leading a $10 million Series A for the ag biotech startup. AgTech Accelerator invested $3 million of its current $20 million capital pool and facilitated Read More
Press Release: AgBiome awarded grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
AgBiome July 28, 2016 AgBiome, LLC, a leader in the development of microbial solutions for agriculture, has been awarded a multi-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discover biological insect control for deployment to smallholder farmers in Read More
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Making Markets Work for the Poor
The Stanford Social Innovation Review explores how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation uses strategic investments for social impact. Read the full report here. Chapters: Philanthropy’s New Tools for Innovation and Impact Leveraging the Balance Sheet Neglected No More Unintended Read More
Press Release: The African Agricultural Capital Fund
Feed the Future December 5, 2012 In 2011, USAID, together with six partners, announced a first-of-its-kind effort to invest $25 million in the African Agricultural Capital Fund (AACF) which will deliver much needed growth capital to boost the productivity and Read More
Press Release: Root Capital announced as recipient of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s first agricultural development program-related investment
Root Capital December 10, 2009 Root Capital was announced today as the recipient of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s first program-related investment (PRI) from its Agricultural Development initiative. Root Capital will use the six-year, $10 million PRI as loan capital to scale Read More