New UK-Gates research partnership to tackle global food insecurity
The UK government has announced, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, £38 million (US$46 million) in additional development assistance to support research aimed at tackling global food insecurity. The Foundation will provide additional funding, which will support a series of projects by:
Helping scientists to use biotechnologies to enhance the efficiency of crops;
Supporting the West African Virus Epidemiology (WAVE) project to build up its evidence base around disease threats to cassava, an essential crop in West and Central Africa;
Providing funding to support naturally occurring biological nitrogen fixation processes to deliver useful levels of nitrogen to cereals for smallholders in Africa and reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers.