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DFID provides £3m to boost African farm production

The Department for International Development has announced £3 million in funding for agricultural research projects to help people living in extreme poverty in Africa.

The funds will be channelled through the Agri-Tech Catalyst, which supports research projects looking to improve food production in the developing world. Funded projects will seek to tackle the most pressing challenges, including low-nutrition diets, the risk of food shortages and threats caused by climate change. 

In an Innovate UK statement, international development secretary Penny Mordaunt said: “With over three quarters of people living in extreme poverty in rural areas and two thirds of those, mainly women, earning a living from agriculture we know that a healthy and prosperous agricultural sector in African countries is vital not only to ending hunger but also to reducing poverty and growing businesses.”

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