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Belgium invests In innovative agricultural research

Roxanna Deleersnyder
17 November 2017
Belgium makes ten million euro available in order to support innovative agricultural research and more specifically the banana genebank of the KU Leuven.

This investment will be, according to our Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander de Croo, worthwhile given the fact that “For each euro invested yearly into agricultural research, you get at least seventeen euros in return.” Behind this financial help, the Belgium government encourages the research center in Leuven to invest in research that can enhance food security and high quality nutrition in the South, modifying banana plants in accordance with global warming.

Moreover,  CIALCA (Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa) helps local farmers on a daily basis to improve their agriculture and economic situation. This is why, it will also receive a part of the Belgium financial help.

Aside, the research program “Policy, Institutions and Markets” focuses on the way to invest in the agricultural sector on the basis of cost-effectiveness while cooperating with the private sector and it analyses the extent to which these kind of investments can improve the farmers’ living conditions.

Finally, Belgium compromises to support one more time Africa Rice Center and wishes the productivity and sustainability to get improved, more specifically in West Africa, where rice is an essential food product.

For more information, please visit: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/newsroom/news/2017/belgian_support_innovative_agricultural_research



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