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Feb 23, 2010

Gates Foundation Grants MSU $10.4M To Train African Biosafety Regulators

Michigan State University's Development Office announced that the university has received a $10.4 million dollar grant to assist in training African biosafety regulators about agricultural technology advances.

This grant is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Agricultural Development initiative.  Bill Gates has created this initiative to "provide millions of small farmers in the developing world with tools and opportunities to boost their yields, increase their incomes, and build better lives for themselves and their families. Gates believes that "helping the poorest small-holder farmers grow more and get it to market is the world’s single most powerful lever for reducing hunger and poverty.”

The mission of the Agricultural Development Initiative is to reduce poverty and hunger through sustainable food production.  In 2008, the Gates Foundation provided funding for MSU to join with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to create a African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE).  NEPAD is a socio-economic development program created by the African Union whose mission is to provide African regulators with up-to-date background on agricultural technology.  Under ABNE African regulators review issues facing African farmers such as costs, environmental safety and human health safety.

According to Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, chief executive officer of NEPAD, "[t]he partnership with MSU will build the necessary capacity in biosafety and biotechnology in Africa."

For more see: “$10.4 Million Gates Foundation Grant Bolsters African Agriculture.” Michigan State University, Development Office, 23 Feb. 2010.

Photo Credit: Michigan State University, University Development Office.

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