Care about small farmers? Enter the Gates Foundation’s challenge

Yesterday, we announced our Summer Photo Challenge on the ONE Blog. While it’s a chance for our photography-savvy ONE members to show us their stuff, unfortunately, it’s only open to students. But since we’re equal opportunity here at ONE, we wanted to pass along another great way to share the fruits of your creative labors: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s small farmer challenge.


Inspiration for your submission, via Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Basically, all you need to do is show the world that investing in small farmers in the developing world is the solution to reducing hunger and poverty. You can express this in a number of ways: build a game, write a Tweet, create an infographic, make a video or even design a poster. Read the full challenge details here. And for ideas, go to the Gates Foundation’s Inspiration Zone.

This is an important issue to us here at ONE, because most of the world’s poorest people are small farmers who grow their own food and make money from their plots of land. They often lack important tools and resources that enable them to grow more, and have more crops to take to market. One key to reducing hunger and poverty is to invest in farming families. This is already happening – and we are seeing successes around the world from these investments.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will highlight their favorite submissions on their social media sites and even include it in a blog post from Bill Gates. For more information, visit the “Join the Challenge” page on the website. The deadline is May 31st, 11:59 EST, so get cracking — you’ve only got a few more days!