Winners in the Agri-tech Catalyst Round 8: agriculture and food systems innovation have just been announced by DFID and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The funding is for projects with partners in eligible African countries, the total fund was £9.3 million. UK organisations could access up to £3m of funding for early stage feasibility studies, mid stage industrial research and late stage experimental development.
Members who have received funding for their projects include:
- Design and development of direct-coupled photovoltaic powered agri-processing machinery
- Development of Aerial Risk Inspection Evaluation and Surveying (ARIES) platform for Cocoa Plantations
- Novel polymer-based technologies to reduce waste and enhance incomes for smallholders and commercial fine bean growers in Kenya
- NutriNuts: Mitigation of aflatoxins occurrence in Ethiopian peanuts used in therapeutic food products to reduce malnutrition in Africa
- Developing microbial-based products and strategies for improving rice production in Tanzania
- Pick, Store, Buy: Shelf life extension and reduced waste for tomato production in Nigeria
- Development of improved tests for detection of Rift Valley fever virus antibodies
- Diagnostic Tool for the Identification Quantification of Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN)
Read more about the funding round on the KTN website here.