Saturday, June 1, 2013

Call for Proposals: China, UK, Low-Income Countries and Agriculture/Food Security


AgriTT launched a Research Challenge Fund on 17th May, inviting teams of researchers from China, UK and low income countries in Africa and Asia to apply for funding to carry out research on agricultural technology transfer and innovation for food security. Researchers from international organisations or other countries can apply, but there must be a UK, China and LIC research partner in the team. More details are available at                                         

AgriTT is a new initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Ministry of Agriculture, China, and the Forum on Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) to promote transfer of agricultural technologies, knowledge and management innovations from China to low-income countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. 

AgriTT has three components:

1.      Pilot Development Projects in selected countries 

2.      A Research Challenge Fund

3.      Knowledge and communication of lessons on effective partnerships between China, UK and low-income countries to improve agricultural productivity and food security. 

The AgriTT Research Challenge Fund invites teams of researchers to apply for grants to work on one of the following themes:

1.  Critical agricultural technologies: taking an agricultural technology innovation originating from China, and developing and adapting it to an LIC context with attention to the whole value chain from field to consumer.

2.  Effective value chain development: enhancing a commodity supply chain, where the commodity represents an innovation of proven technical feasibility sourced from China or elsewhere.

3.  Innovation in knowledge sharing and communication: enhancing agricultural information and knowledge flows related to a technology innovation to enable poor rural communities to make better informed decisions about their livelihoods.

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