Spotted this announcement yesterday on eurekalert.org that will surely be of interest to readers of this blog. “International research initiative launched to improve food security for developing countries”
“Researchers are being invited to submit proposals for the Sustainable Crop Production Research for International Development Initiative. The closing date for applications is 31 March 2011. For more information please see www.bbsrc.ac.uk/scprid”
A new $32/M joint research initiative is to fund teams from the UK, India and developing countries to work on projects to “improve the sustainability of vital food crops”.
From the press release:
“The new initiative will place particular emphasis on improving the sustainable production of staple food crops across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. These include cassava, maize, rice, sorghum and wheat. By placing significant emphasis on these crops the initiative partners expect to be able to improve food security and quality of life for the largest possible number of people. “
Full details of parameters for the outline proposal applications can be read by visiting the BBSRC (bioscience for the future) website. http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/scprid/ Deadline for applications is 31st March 2011.