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GCRF AgriFood Africa Programme

GCRF AgriFood Africa aims to realise sustainable African food production systems to help alleviate poverty, enhance prosperity and improve wellbeing.

*** Have you read about the highlights from the inaugural GCRF AgriFood Africa Programme event? ***


Projects that have received previous Agri-Tech Catalyst funding share their project ideas here:

Kenya is introduced to a game-changing advanced aeroponic smart agricultural system

Genetic improvement of cattle in Zimbabwe utilising advanced breeding technologies

Supporting and improving the future of mechanisation and agronomy for Zambian farming


Our events are now online!

Virtual missions are taking place as part of the GCRF AgriFood Africa programme. The dates for the regions are as follows, and further details will be forthcoming. If the event date has passed you will find a link to the round-up review which also includes links to the webinar recordings. Registration now open for Week 4! 


a. Monday 1st June – Week 1 (Southern and Central region)
b. Monday 8th June – Week 2 (Eastern region)
c. Monday 15th June – Week 3 (Western region)
d. Tuesday 14th July – Week 4 (Details below)
e. Tuesday 4th August – Week 5 (Details below)
f. Tuesday 25th August – Week 6 (Details below)


The next round of activities takes place over weeks 4, 5 and 6 and incorporates feedback from members of the programme. These weeks will focus on specifically targeted sessions to enable participants to achieve significant progress within this programme. Participants are encouraged to select sessions which most suit their areas of interest.

These sessions (weeks 4, 5 & 6) will inform you about:

  • New funding opportunities and guidelines
  • Collaboration and networking opportunities
  • Round table discussions from leading experts on specific African AgriFood areas, and opportunities to network with other delegates interested in these areas.


To register for Weeks 4, 5, 6, click here.

Live streams take place on our dedicated YouTube Channel here.

Recordings are hosted are also hosted on our YouTube Channel here.

Or you can also visit our dedicated Facebook page here.


About the funding:


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.


In 2019, Innovate UK secured GCRF funding to extend activities that had been initiated through the Agri-Tech Catalyst, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID).


KTN has been grant funded to provide dissemination and coordination support to Innovate UK for the GCRF AgriFood Africa Programme until 2024.


About the programme:


The GCRF AgriFood Africa Programme 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. Target long term outcomes of the programme include:


  • Developing sustainable intensification of African agriculture
  • Improving human health and diversity of diets and nutrition
  • Impacting positively on rural income and food security
  • Facilitating increased trade activity in agricultural products


This UK-Africa AgriFood Programme is being delivered through three core activities, led by Innovate UK in partnership with UKRI and DFID:


1) Technology Accelerator Programme

2) Skills Training Programme

3) Dissemination and Coordination Activities


To find out more about the project and opportunities to get involved, please contact Jayne Brookman or Tim Messeder; for general enquiries, please email


Sign up to become a member of the GCRF Agrifood Africa Network.  


Current Opportunities


Coming soon! Calls for PhD studentships and innovation awards are now closed – results will be announced when ready.

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