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Combating food shortages: apply for funding

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:

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.

Find out more about this competition.