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£14.8m investment to enhance health and livelihoods in the developing world

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BBSRC has awarded £14.8 million to support thirteen projects aimed at tackling global challenges. The Global Challenges Research Funding is targeted at two specific themes:

These projects are funded from the UK government’s £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which aims to deploy the UK’s world-leading research capability to address challenges faced by developing countries.

“This investment will support a range of diverse projects that aim to enhance health and livelihoods in the developing world”, said Jef Grainger, Associate Director - Science Strategy at BBSRC.

“By bringing together UK researchers with partners in lower and middle income countries, these interdisciplinary projects will play an important role in addressing the global need to increase crop and animal production more sustainably and resiliently, and to deliver more nutritious foods to improve physical and cognitive health. These are important areas where combining the expertise of in-country researchers with the UK’s world-leading bioscience capability can make a real difference in addressing international development research challenges.”

The eight projects, totalling £7.2 million, funded by the Agri-Systems Research to Enhance Livelihoods in Developing Countries call are:

Title Principal Investigator Organisation
Landscape scale genomic-environment diversity data to model existing and novel agri-systems under climate change to enhance food security in Ethiopia Paul Wilkin Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
What to plant, when and where? - designing integrated forest-agricultural landscapes to enhance multiple livelihood benefits to and from agriculture Marion Pfeifer Newcastle University
Remediation of Cocoa Soils in Ghana as a Route to more Sustainable Cocoa Production Paul Hadley University of Reading
Restoring fertility to soils after topsoil stripping for brick production in Bangladesh through harnessing agro-ecosystem waste-streams. Andrew Meharg Queen's University of Belfast
Sustainability-Intensification Trade-offs in Coffee Agroforestry in Central America Jeremy Haggar University of Greenwich
Restoring African degraded landscapes with plant biodiversity and livestock management Mariana Rufino Lancaster University
Plant-based solutions to integrate livestock disease control, nutrition and environmental sustainability in Africa Eric Morgan Queen's University of Belfast
Evaluating people-environment trade-offs through low-tech intensification of livestock management in communal grazing systems in South Africa. James Bennett Coventry University

The five projects, totalling £7.6 million, funded by the Food and Nutrition Research for Health in the Developing World: Bioavailability and Nutrient Content call are:

Title Principal Investigator Organisation
Child Health, Agriculture and Integrated Nutrition (CHAIN): a randomized trial to close the nutrient gap in rural Zimbabwe Andrew Prendergast Queen Mary University of London
Enhancing cobalamin (vitamin B12) bioavailability in culturally appropriate foods in India Martin Warren University of Kent
Biofortification with Zinc and Iron for Eliminating Deficiency in Pakistan (BiZIFED2) Nicola Lowe University of Central Lancashire
Evaluating iron and zinc bioavailability from biofortified potatoes to reduce malnutrition in the Andean highlands Richard Mithen Quadram Institute Bioscience
MillNET_i: Millets and Nutritional Enhancement Traits for Iron bioavailability Howard Griffiths University of Cambridge


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