Deadline for the submission of concept notes for CultiAF

AIFSC Director Mellissa Wood speaking at the CultiAF launch, on stage with Dominique Charron, Director of Environment IDRC
Wednesday, 18 September 2013

A reminder that the deadline for the submission of concept notes for the Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF) Fund is September 20, 2013, 17:00 East African Time (EAT), 10:00 Eastern Standard Time (EST) (This week!).

The announcement, made at the 2013 Africa Agricultural Science Week conference, represents a significant investment in research that will help promote food security in eastern and southern Africa by improving post-harvest management, nutrition and water use. Managed by IDRC, and funded equally by IDRC and AIFSC, CultiAF contributes to Canada’s and Australia’s commitment to combat hunger and food insecurity throughout the developing world.

Under the call, research organisations from 10 countries – Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe – are eligible to compete for grants of up to CA$3 million dollars each.

Winning collaborative research projects should help smallholder farmers reduce post-harvest loss of crops; improve yields and livestock productivity through better water use; and improve nutrition.  Resulting innovations are expected to be of use to other parts of Africa and will support national and regional food security efforts on the continent.

Read more about the fund or visit the website.