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Agriculture: Research

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1614W, on agriculture: research, which nations have received funding for agricultural research and development from his Department in the last five years. (258195)

The majority of DFID’s centrally funded expenditure on agricultural research is directed through international agricultural research organisations. These funds are used to benefit the lives of poor people in all developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia. DFID also supports regional programmes in the Andes, East Africa and West Africa. Regional programmes are planned for Southern Africa and South Asia. A table of organisations and programmes supported by DFID is attached with information on the countries/regions they cover.

DFID is contributing £5 million over five years through a strategic partnership with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) under the programme on Sustainable Agriculture Research for International Development to fund 12 research grants in crop science. These grants were announced in January 2008 and have been made to consortia which include one UK partner and at least one partner from a developing country. In 2008-09, partners from Bangladesh, China, Ghana, India, Kenya, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, have directly benefited from this programme.

Name of institution/programme

Countries/regions covered

Andes Regional Programme

South America

Pro-Poor Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Risk Reduction

Africa and Asia

Project- Lead institutions - Food and Agriculture Organization,

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and

International Livestock Research Institute (ILR1)

Sustainable Agriculture Research for International Development (SARID)

Bangladesh, China, Ghana, India, Kenya, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda

Bioversity International (IPGRI)


Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI)


Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Central, West, Eastern and Southern Africa and Latin America

East African Regional Programme (Agriculture) (ASARECA)

Eastern and Central Africa

Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)


Generation Challenge Programme


Global Alliance Livestock Vaccines and Medicines (GALVmed)

Africa and Asia

Harvest Plus Challenge Programme

Brazil, China and India

International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

North Africa, Nile Valley, Sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia, Arabian Peninsula, Highlands of North Africa & West Asia and Latin America

International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA)


International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Africa, Asia and South America

International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

North Africa & Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, South & Central Asia, East and South East Asia, Central, South and Caribbean

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)


International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)


International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT)


International Potato Centre (CIP)


International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)


International Water Management Institute (IWMI)


Research into Use

Africa and Asia

South Asia (planned)

South Asia

Southern Africa (planned with Southern African Development Community (SADC))

Southern Africa

West Africa Regional Programme (Agriculture) (CORAF)

West Africa

West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA)


World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF)

Eastern Africa, West & Central Africa, Southern Africa, Latin America, South Asia and South East Asia

World Vegetable Center (AVRDC)


WorldFish Centre (ICLARM)