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. 

Press release - UK government