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Africa and Brazil Launch Knowledge Sharing Initiative

July 30, 2010

An agricultural collaboration between Africa and Brazil was inaugurated this week as part of the Brazil-Africa Dialogue on Food Security, Fighting Hunger and Rural Development. The collaboration is called "Africa-Brazil Agriculture Innovation Marketplace." The main goal of the initiative is to develop South-to-South knowledge and technology transfer, and to encourage policy discussions between the two regions.

The initial fund of US$80,000 was co-financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), and The World Bank. The funds will be used for four to seven projects focused on sharing "productivity-enhancing technologies, natural resource-management practices, and policy and marketing initiatives between Brazil and Africa."

The original news article is available at http://www.ifad.org/media/press/2010/brazil/2.htm. For more information about the Africa-Brazil Agriculture Innovation Marketplace, visit http://www.africa-brazil.org/.