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Improving farming in Africa

Farmland in Africa

MSU researchers will help eight African nations improve their sustainable farming methods using a $7.8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The grant, from the Gates Foundation Global Development Program, will be used to help guide policymaking efforts to intensify farming methods that meet agricultural needs while improving environmental quality in Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.

Programs like this are paramount to Africa, as demonstrated by more than $2.5 billion in annual spending by African governments on agricultural intensification, says Thomas Jayne, project co-director and MSU agricultural, food, and resource economics faculty member.

During the next four years, the team will work with 10 African universities, institutes, and government ministries to promote effective government strategies that help African farmers become more productive and food secure. The team also will build the capacity of national policy institutes to guide and support their own countries’ agriculture ministries and eventually accept and manage international grants.

Learn more about MSU’s role in improving sustainable farming in Africa.

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