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CGIAR to Spend $400 Million on Nutrition-Related Researches
Saturday, 2013/06/22 | 17:55:03

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) will spend at least US$400 million on nutrition-relevant agricultural research for the next 3 years, while the United Kingdom and Canadian governments announced new funding to CGIAR to support this work.


The CGIAR commitment announced today includes £42 million in new funding from the UK to support biofortification work that will benefit 4.2 million farming households, with £30 million of that earmarked for HarvestPlus to continue developing six nutritionally-enriched crop varieties for 3 million households in seven countries in Africa and Asia. Another £12 million will go to CGIAR's International Potato Center (CIP) to support similar work.


CGIAR is scaling up its nutrition-related work across other CGIAR Research Programs as well, including Roots, Tubers and Bananas; Livestock and Fish; Policy, Institutions and Markets; Grain Legumes; and Aquatic Agricultural Systems, aiming to increase access to quality animal and fish sourced food, reduce risk of zoonotic diseases (any vertebrate disease that can be transmitted to humans or vice-versa) , and increase food safety in value chains critical to poor households. Innovations by CGIAR's International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) are helping to detect and control aflatoxin, a harmful and potentially deadly poison produced by fungus that invests various food crops in Africa.


View CGIAR's news release at http://www.cgiar.org/consortium-news/new-commitments-to-combat-malnutrition/.

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