Three-quarters of the poorest people in Africa live in rural areas and rely on agriculture and livestock for their livelihoods.
They face many challenges, including from climate change and scarcity of resources, demographic changes, changes in diet, and changing markets.
Innovation in agriculture and food systems is low in developing countries. It needs to speed up to meet the challenges.
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £2 million from the Global Challenges Research Fund to support knowledge transfer partnerships between UK researchers and researchers and businesses based in Republic of Ghana, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Kenya or Republic of South Africa.
Knowledge transfer partnerships allow universities, colleges, research technology organisations and catapults to partner with a business or not-for-profit organisation and bring new skills and thinking into the organisation.
The partnership employs 1 or 2 recent graduates with relevant skills, known as an associate, to work in the business. The business is asked to contribute to the project.