Bill Gates donates to German anti-hunger drive

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation giving $108 million

BERLIN - The German government says it is collaborating with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and businesses to invest some 80 million ($108 million) in projects to help alleviate hunger.

Development Minister Dirk Niebel met Tuesday with Bill Gates and German business representatives. Niebel's ministry said Germany plans to invest 20 million, with the same amount coming from the Gates Foundation and roughly 40 million from businesses.

The ministry said it couldn't give a specific time frame for the period over which the investment will be spread, and some projects already are under way.

Projects include a drive to improve rice production in southeast Asia, and to make cashew nut production in west Africa more efficient. Companies involved include Bayer AG's crop science unit and chemical maker BASF SE.

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