London — The world’s farmers took one step closer to growing "super crops" and breeding higher-yielding dairy cows as Bill Gates, one of the world’s richest men, and Britain announced funding for innovative agricultural projects in Scotland on Friday. Research that could lead to cows producing more milk, chickens laying better-quality eggs and crops being able to withstand droughts or disease received a funding injection of about $174 million from Britain’s Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "If you care about the poor, you should care about agriculture. And if you care about agriculture, you care about livestock," Gates told an audience at the University of Edinburgh. "What that means in this context is helping poor farmers get as much as possible out of their animals." Livestock — which include cattle, sheep and goats — are a source of nutrition and income, and a long-term asset for families. Improving their health and productivity ca...

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