The U.K. Department for International Development and the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council will disburse USD13.9 million to finance 12 research projects around the world. Science experts from the U.K., Africa and Asia were commissioned to assess how diseases, unforgiving weather conditions and pests affect the crop yields of maize, rice and coconuts in the world’s poorest countries. “Investing in science and research is essential to provide poor farmers with the seeds, knowledge and tools they need to make a better life for themselves. This research, bringing together U.K., African and Asian scientists, has the potential to revolutionize farming in the developing world and reduce global poverty,” proclaimed Gareth Thomas, junior minister for international development and business, enterprise and regulatory reform. “This is a true demonstration of how scientific research can help find solutions to the major challenges facing the world and improve the quality of life for millions in developing countries,” added British science minister Ian Pearson.
Source: Scientists given GBP7m to study African crops (Guardian)