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A new multilateral initiative was launched Jan. 7 to boost food security in South Asia by substantially increasing crop yields and income of millions of farmers in the region. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)-led initiative will bring together a range of public and private sector organizations to enable sustainable cereal production in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. It will be supported with a USD 19.59 million grant over three years from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a USD 10 million grant over three years from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

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