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GCRF AgriFood Africa Programme Launch Event - London

Event details
Monday, 9 December 2019
10:00 am – 19:00 pm
Launch of the £26m Global Challenges Research Fund AgriFood Africa programme

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.


Innovate UK has recently secured GCRF funding to extend activities initiated through the Department for International Development (DFID) funded Agri-Tech Catalyst.


This new initiative aims to realise sustainable management of the food production systems in Africa in a way that alleviates poverty, enhances economic prosperity and delivers improved wellbeing, with key outcomes including:

  • sustainable intensification of African agriculture
  • improvements in human health and diversity of diets and nutrition
  • positive impacts on rural income and food security
  • facilitation of trade in agricultural products.

This UK-Africa AgriFood Programme is funded by the GCRF and DFID and will be delivered through three core activities, led by Innovate UK in partnership with UKRI and DFID, including: 1) Technology Accelerator Programme; 2) Skills Training Programme; 3) Dissemination and Coordination Activities.


This event marks the launch of this new five-year programme. We will be sharing success stories and lessons learnt from ongoing collaborative initiatives between stakeholders in the UK and Africa and will highlight funding opportunities to support new activities in this area.


The morning session will include presentations providing an overview of the new GCRF AgriFood Africa programme to support collaborations between the UK and Africa. This will be used as the formal launch to raise awareness amongst key stakeholders and begin early stage engagement to build a community.


The afternoon session will showcase collaborative projects between the UK and Africa which were funded through the AgriTech Catalyst. This will be used to highlight successes, identify key issues relevant to the programme e.g. potential focus areas of work etc. The event will also provide time for exploring synergies and collaboration opportunities and identifying new project ideas which could be submitted to funding schemes such as the future rounds of the AgriTech Catalyst and similar schemes.


If you would like to attend this event, please follow the link below. We will be in touch with a decision on or before 22nd November 2019.