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Officials from NSF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation discuss a new program called BREAD.

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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.

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