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Press Release 09-053

National Science Foundation Announces Partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Foster Sustainable Agricultural Solutions around the World

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NSF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will each provide $24 million over five years to support a competitive awards program for science research projects that address drought, pests, disease and other serious problems facing small farmers and their families who rely on their crops for their food and income.

The award program will be called BREAD--Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development--and will support a competitive award program for science research projects that develop innovative approaches and technologies to boost agricultural productivity in developing countries.

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In this audio file, officials from NSF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation discuss a new award program called BREAD--Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development. NSF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will each provide $24 million over five years to support research that addresses drought, pests, disease and other serious problems facing small farmers and their families in developing countries.

Credit: National Science Foundation