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CSIRO links with Africa on food security

Scientists from CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, are to collaborate with African colleagues on an AU$15 million project to improve food security in west and central Africa.

Eighty African researchers from 30 west African agricultural institutions will be involved, CSIRO said on 27 August.

The Australian Agency for International Development is funding the project, which will see researchers work to improve crop productivity and study ways of eradicating Boophilus microplus, a tick that causes severe weight loss in cattle.