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Media Teleconference: NSF and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Address Worldwide Agricultural Challenges

Teleconference on Monday, March 30, 11:30 a.m. ET

Photo of rows of crops.

BREAD will support research that addresses smallholder agriculture in the developing world.

March 26, 2009

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will discuss a nearly $50 million partnership to support innovative solutions to critical agricultural challenges in developing countries.

The new award program, called BREAD--Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development--will support a competitive award program for scientific research projects that address serious constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world.

Who:James Collins, NSF assistant director for biological sciences
 Rob Horsch, deputy director of the agricultural development initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
 Jane Silverthorne, NSF deputy division director for biological infrastructure
 Deborah Delmer, NSF program director for BREAD
What:Media teleconference to discuss the new BREAD program
When:Monday, March 30, 2009, 11:30 a.m. ET

To participate in the teleconference, reporters in the United States should call 1 (866) 617-1526, passcode BREAD.


Media Contacts
Dana Topousis, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-7750, email:

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