22 March 2019
£3 million is available for projects to develop agricultural and food systems with African organisations
Up to £3 million of funding is available through Innovate UK and the Department for International Development (DFID) for organisations looking to boost the rate and scale of food systems innovation in Africa.
The competition is part of the Agri-Tech Catalyst, which provides funding to projects that have a positive impact on poverty through agricultural technology and innovation.
Projects must look to increase the rate and scale of development in groundbreaking agricultural and food systems technology in Africa across the supply chain. They can be based within any sector or discipline, and must:
- enhance food and nutrition security
- be sustainable in the face of current environmental challenges, such as climate change
- minimise negative effects including pollution, waste and food loss
- comply with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s guidance on the use of animals
- partner with organisations from eligible African countries
Applicants may want to focus on DFID funding priorities, including:
- reducing food loss on the farm and through the value chain
- control of crop pests, weeds and diseases
- food safety issues through the supply chain
The competition opens on 1 April 2019, and the deadline for registration is at midday on 29 May 2019. UK-based organisations of any size are eligible to apply. Online brokerage events will be held on 5 April, with a focus on:
Briefing events will also be held in Birmingham on 22 March 2019, and online on 9 April 2019.