Taking agri-tech skills to Africa: apply for funding

13 Oct 2020 04:05 PM

Universities and researchers can apply for a share of £2 million to work with researchers and businesses in Africa on solving challenges in food supply.

Three-quarters of the poorest people in Africa live in rural areas and rely on agriculture and livestock for their livelihoods.

They face many challenges, including from climate change and scarcity of resources, demographic changes, changes in diet, and changing markets.

Innovation in agriculture and food systems is low in developing countries. It needs to speed up to meet the challenges.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £2 million from the Global Challenges Research Fund to support knowledge transfer partnerships between UK researchers and researchers and businesses based in Republic of Ghana, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Kenya or Republic of South Africa.

Knowledge transfer partnerships allow universities, colleges, research technology organisations and catapults to partner with a business or not-for-profit organisation and bring new skills and thinking into the organisation.

The partnership employs 1 or 2 recent graduates with relevant skills, known as an associate, to work in the business. The business is asked to contribute to the project.

Find out more about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Partnerships must show an impact on poverty

Partnerships must show they can have a positive effect on poverty through the uptake of innovative technology in agriculture and food systems.

Work could be carried out in one or more of the following areas:

The project must also be environmentally sustainable, minimise pollution and waste, and promote safe, nutritious and healthy diets.

Competition information

Find out more about this competition and how to apply.