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AgriFood Africa (GCRF)

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.

In 2019, Innovate UK secured GCRF funding to extend activities that had been initiated through the AgriTech Catalyst.

The GCRF AgriFood Africa Programme, launched in London, December 2019, aims to realise sustainable management of the food production systems in Africa in a way that alleviates poverty, enhances economic prosperity and delivers improved wellbeing. Target long term outcomes of the programme include:

Target long term outcomes of the programme include:

● Developing sustainable intensification of African agriculture
● Improving human health and diversity of diets and nutrition
● Impacting positively on rural income and food security
● Facilitating increased trade activity in agricultural products

 

Africa-UK AgriFood Innovation Mission 2020

The GCRF AgriFood Africa programme hosted six weeks of virtual missions from June 2020. These missions continue the effort to build a community of stakeholders from numerous African countries and the UK, to realise sustainable management of the food production systems in Africa in a way that alleviates poverty, enhances economic prosperity and delivers improved well-being. To view the recordings, visit their YouTube Channel here.

View GCRF AgriFood Africa Innovation Mission 2020 Output Summary Reports:

Challenges and opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Round 2 of the GCRF AgriFood Africa Innovation Awards is now open:

Now open. Deadline to apply: 10th November 2020. For more information, click here.

 

Sign up to become a member of the GCRF AgriFood Africa Network.

Our AgriFood Africa (GCRF) Expert

Joanna Scales

Project Lead, GCRF AgriFood Africa Programme

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Funding Opportunities

African agriculture knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2020 to 2021, round 5

UK registered higher or further education institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £2 million to help fund an innovation project with another knowledge base and a business partner registered in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya or South Africa.

Opens: 02/11/2020 Closes: 27/01/2021

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Smart Farming Innovations for Small-Scale Producers

The Gates Foundation seeks Smart Farming solutions that leverage digital technology innovations that have the potential to drive positive impact for smallscale producer (SSP) entrepreneurs, primarily in Africa and Asia.

Opens: 19/10/2020 Closes: 25/02/2021

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Recorded: 25th August

Africa-UK AgriFood Innovation Mission 2020 - Week 6

KTN and Innovate UK are pleased to launch stage two of the virtual missions in July and August as part of the GCRF AgriFood Africa Programme.

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News

18.11.2020

In October 2020, KTN Global Alliance Africa hosted a three week event series designed to respond to the impact of Covid-19 and support resilience and recovery in African innovation ecosystems.

The KTN Global Alliance Africa team would like to thank all Speakers, Partners, Panelists, Organisers and Participants in supporting our first event series called ‘Global Ideas Exchange: Enhancing Innovative Resilience in Africa’. The aim of each session was to encourage sharing and learning to showcase the latest ideas and best practice in innovation. Here is a round up of this exciting new event series which took place in October 2020.

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16.11.2020

Net zero emissions in agriculture

With the UK on a mission to reach net zero emissions by 2050, the AgriFood sector is rising to the challenge.

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