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Sustainable Crop Production Research for International Development (SCPRID)


  • Department for International Development
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - USA
  • Department of Biotechnology of India's Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research

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To support high-quality basic and strategic biological and biotechnological research to improve the production of major food crops in developing countries.

Key aims

  • To enhance the livelihoods of poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by generating underpinning knowledge that will contribute to improving the sustainability of food crop production, particularly by small-holder farmers, and thereby reduce hunger and poverty and increase food security 
  • To forge mutually-beneficial partnerships between researchers in the UK and developing countries that create trans-national added value through meaningful intellectual collaboration, and enhance the scientific capabilities of southern partners for the longer term