by Max Brantley
Big news today from Heifer International:
Heifer International today announced a four-year $42.8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund a project to help poor rural farmers in East Africa double their incomes by increasing their production of high quality raw milk to sell to dairies.
The grant was announced by Bill Gates, co-chair of the foundation, as part of a package of agricultural development grants at a press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Heifer's President and CEO, Jo Luck, also announced the grant at Heifer's headquarters in Little Rock. It is the largest single grant to Heifer in its 63-year history.