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Agri-Tech Catalyst funding to support agricultural and food systems innovation in Africa

Posted on 20/02/2019

KTN is hosting a briefing and consortia building event and a series of sector-specific webinars for Round 8 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst.

KTN is hosting a briefing and consortia building event for Round 8 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst on Friday 22nd March in Birmingham and a series of online webinars on Friday 5th April to provide more tailored support to applicants focussing on projects involving crops, livestock and aquaculture, or food systems and nutrition. Please see below for more details about these events.

Most of the poorest people in Africa (75%) live in rural areas, relying on agriculture for their livelihoods. They are particularly vulnerable to challenges that place stress on food systems, such as climate change and resource scarcity, demographic and dietary changes, and transformations to the organisation and functioning of markets.

Technological developments – including agricultural and food systems innovations – can help mitigate the effects of these challenges but uptake in developing countries, and particularly in Africa, is low.

The Department for International Development (DFID) is providing funding through the Agri-Tech Catalyst to encourage activity in the rapidly transforming field of agricultural systems and food value chains in developing countries. The aim is to reduce risks, introduce new players and potentially lead to new enterprises. The catalyst mechanism provides an excellent opportunity to use UK agri-tech sector and food-chain skills to support international development and identify new markets for UK technology and skills. It will also help the agri-tech sector in developing countries to source new technology and learn from the world-leading UK sector.

About the Agri-Tech Catalyst – Round 8

There is up to £3 million of funding available from the Department for International Development (DFID) for early-stage feasibility studies, mid stage industrial research and late-stage experimental development. Projects must work on agri-tech and food chain innovations with partners in eligible African countries.

The aim of this competition is to increase the pace of development and scale of uptake of agricultural and food systems innovation by farmers and food systems actors (such as manufacturers, processors, retailers, distributors or wholesalers) in Africa. All projects must be collaborative and must include at least one partner from the UK and one from an eligible African country. All funding for businesses and research organisations will be sent through the administrative lead organisation.

The competition will open in April 2019, with a submission deadline in June 2019. You can find out more on the competition page, which will be published here in due course.

Please contact a member of the KTN Agri-Food team on if you would like to discuss a potential application or need help finding a project partner.

Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 8 Briefing & Consortia Building Event – 22nd March

KTN is organising a free briefing and consortia-building workshop on Friday 22nd March 2019 in Birmingham to promote Round 8 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst Competition.

The aim of this workshop is to enable potential applicants to get a better understanding of the competition process, rules and scope. The workshop is also designed to help with networking and consortia building, offering a great opportunity for delegates to pitch their capabilities to potential collaborative partners.

We anticipate that this event will be popular, so to ensure an appropriate mix of delegates from different sectors and across industry and academia, we are operating a ‘registration of interest system’. If you would like to attend this event, please complete the registration form and we will confirm allocation of places in due course.

Please click here to register your interest in attending this event.

Agri-Tech Catalyst Round 8 sector-specific webinars – 5th April

KTN is organising three webinars to provide dedicated support to organisations developing projects for Round 8 of the Agri-Tech Catalyst funding scheme, with each webinar focussing on one of the following areas: crop production, livestock and aquaculture, and food systems and nutrition.

The main focus of the webinars will be to help inform UK participants of the needs of African partners in the areas covered, and African partners of the capabilities of UK partners, to aid consortia building.

The webinars will provide an overview of the Agri-Tech Catalyst funding programme, and then cover specific issues affecting Crops/Livestock and Aquaculture/Food Systems and Nutrition in Africa.

To find out more and to register, please visit the following links:

Crop Webinar, 5th April, 9.30 – 11.00

Livestock and Aquaculture Webinar, 5th April, 12.00 – 13.30

Food Systems and Nutrition Webinar, 5th April, 14.00 – 15.30

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