SIDA Helps Bolster Food Security in East Africa

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency is supporting a new program that offers grants to bioscientists working to improve food production and environmental management in East Africa.

The Bioresources Innovation Network for Eastern Africa Development Program provides competitive grants to African researchers who seek to find ways to promote food security, climate change resilence and environmentally sustainable ways of producing food. 

SIDA is granting $12 million for the five-year program.

The program will back five research-based projects in its first three-year phase. In its second call for proposals beginning mid-2011, the program will seek to beef up agricultural commodity value chains and encourage a supportive policy environment for bioresource innovations.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.