Aid by Sector
CGIAR 2017-21, Support to develop and deploy the next generation of agriculture technology to support poor farmers by the international agriculture research organisation the CGIAR, 2017-21UK Department for International Development
To enable the CGIAR to scale up its research, contributing to the development of new crop varieties which are more productive and tolerant of biotic and abiotic stress. Development of farming systems which are more resilient, including to the effects of climate change, and more productive, the development of markets and value chains which are better able to deliver benefits to poor people and policies and technology which will directly support better nutritional and health outcomes for the poor.
The UK will provide up to £165m over 5 years in two phases of £82.5m. The programme will provide technical support on city and regional interventions in 3 focus countries, Burma, Uganda and Zambia resulting in increased inclusive economic growth and job creation. The interventions will help city economies to become more productive, deliver access to reliable, affordable, renewable power for businesses and households, and strengthen investment into infrastructure services, including from the UK.
To work jointly with the industry group representing mobile phone operators worldwide, the GSMA, and its subsidiary Mobile for Development, to identify and support the development and use of new, innovative ways in which mobile phone technologies and mobile network infrastructure can be used to improve the reach, delivery and affordability of life-enhancing services to poor people in Africa and Asia. As a result of this work some 14 million poor people are expected to benefit from improved access to life enhancing services by 2020.
The project is up to £65 million over five years, to support early stage testing and scale up of innovative technologies and business models that will accelerate access to affordable, clean energy services for poor households and enterprises, especially in Africa. The programme will include: i) partnership with Shell Foundation, enabling support to another 30+ early stage private sector innovations. ii) Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst to stimulate technology innovation by UK enterprises; iii) build other strategic clean energy innovation partnerships (e.g. testing a new ‘P2P Solar’ crowdfunding platform; and scoping a potential new partnership with Gates Foundation on Mission Innovation); iv) skills and expertise development. To support early stage testing and scale up of innovative technologies and business models that will accelerate access to affordable, clean energy services for poor households and enterprises, especially in Africa
This programme aims to strengthen the resilience of poor households in Malawi to withstand current and projected weather and climate-related shocks and stresses. This will in turn halt the annual cycle of humanitarian crises that blights people’s lives, harms poverty reduction efforts and swallows up resources. The UK will invest up to £90.6 million over five years [2018-2023] to provide direct benefits to 1.7 million poor and vulnerable people in Malawi [approximately 300,000 households].
To support the Government of Ethiopia in the provision of map based land certificates to farmers in four regions and assist them to fully benefit from increased investment and productivity through the development of the rural land market and its supporting operations. The project will be a driver to increasing income by 20% for over 500,000 households. It will also secure land ownership for 6.1 million households, of whom around 70% will be women
Support to the International Agriculture Research Centres developing and delivering agriculture technologies and knowledge to reduce poverty, hunger and adapt to climate change.UK Department for International Development
To contribute to poverty reduction, improvements in nutritional status, and adaptation to climate change in South Asia and Africa in the face of climate change and resource scarcity, by developing new technologies, products and knowledge which promote agricultural productivity and increase the resistance of crops to diseases and pests. The programme will lead to increased agricultural productivity; increased production and consumption of nutritious vegetables; and improved food security and incomes for rural households in Africa and South Asia.
To increase employment and improve productivity in selected rural and agricultural market systems in northern Nigeria. To increase the incomes by between 15% and 50% of over 710,000 poor people in the north of Nigeria through facilitating change in key market sectors by March 2021.
The purpose is that developing countries have improved access to high quality research and information in designing climate change policies and programmes by 2015.
3IE-To Promote More Rigorous and Systematic Assessment of the Impact of Development Policies and ProgrammesUK Department for International Development
This investment in impact evaluation is part of DFID's overall strategy on results to strengthen independent evaluation and stimulate the production of public goods inherent to impact evaluation studies. There are potentially strong links in how we do this to DFID's work in Africa and Research programmes
I2I - Ideas to Impact - Testing new technologies and innovative approaches to address development challenges.UK Department for International Development
I2I stimulates technological innovations addressing intractable development challenges, initially in the focal areas of energy, water and climate, and then increasingly in emerging “frontier” technologies with broader applicability. It tests different funding mechanisms and approaches - including prizes, peer-to-peer financing, Frontier Technology Livestreaming, and innovative cross-government partnerships - for ensuring technology ideas lead to a real-world development impact.
Tackling global plant and animal health risks which threaten global food systems and health - in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)UK Department for International Development
Working in partnership with BMGF to fund a portfolio of agricultural technology investments to secure global food supplies, with a strong focus on tackling global plant health threats through improved data, monitoring and delivery of new technologies in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
WISER will help at least 24 million people across Africa (focusing initially on East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) to be more resilient to natural disasters and climate change by 2030 by improving early warning systems (giving more time to prepare for heavy rains for example) as well as helping them make better decisions by knowing what the weather and climate is likely to be (enabling them to make better crop choices or alter planting times in farming, for example). We estimate that this will save over £190 million in terms of avoided damage to health, homes, livelihoods and infrastructure between now and 2030. The WISER programme will initially benefit the East African fishing and farming communities, as well as a wide range of African people, including young, old, men and boys and women and girls.
Developing and Scaling Next Generation Agricultural Technologies - Phase II of DFID's Strategic Partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)UK Department for International Development
Working in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on a set of co-investments, DFID’s funding will increase the development and adoption of new agricultural technologies that build resilience to climate change, diseases and pests and increase productivity, particularly for smallholders in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
The overall objective of the AgResults Initiative is to enhance smallholder welfare and food security for the poor and vulnerable in developing countries through increased investment in agricultural innovation and adoption. It aims to do so by developing financial incentives (i.e. “pull mechanisms”) for private and public sector players to research, develop, and deliver products and services that will improve smallholder agriculture. AgResults consists of a number of pilot projects across the developing world focused on either the adoption of existing technologies or the development and adaptation of new research and technologies. The UK leads on a high quality research and evaluation component.
To reduce poverty by generating and putting into use knowledge and technology to address development challenges and advance development for the poorest people and countries. We will seek to maximise the practical impact of research and innovation to improve the lives and opportunities of the global poor. In achieving this we will grow the research and innovation capacity of developing countries, as well as contributing to the continued strength of the UK’s research and innovation system, and support our wider prosperity and global influence.
In line with the UK government’s aid policy and revised development partnership with India, the Infrastructure for Climate Resilient Growth (ICRG) programme sees the UK provide world class expertise to improve the impact of the Indian Government’s $5 billion per year National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The scheme will help over 5 million people living in three of India’s poorest states – Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Bihar – to increase their incomes and resilience to climate shocks. It guarantees 40 million households per year the opportunity to build small scale works (irrigation, flood defences, forest plantations etc.) to increase their incomes and protect themselves from extreme weather events. UK support will improve the design and quality of infrastructure built, increase the capacity of the government to deliver its own programmes and influence the policies of the largest programme of this type in the world.
To transform the demand for, use and practice of impact evaluation amongst the development community, particularly in areas that are currently under-evaluated. The programme will work simultaneously across multiple sectors and multiple geographies on 125 impact evaluations. This coordinated, large scale approach will provide evaluation evidence, training and technical support across government and donor portfolios (up to 16 technical workshops with 36 teams participating in each workshop; 1080 people trained and at least 75 dissemination events held) and will drive forward the use of evaluation evidence in policy making as a whole.
To increase domestic and business energy access through private sector innovation and investment, and government support, through supply of dispersed off-grid energy solutions and improved cook stoves.
To support Sustainable reduction in water insecurity in developing countries by producing robust and accessible evidence for governments, municipalities and other investment\policy decision makers and therefore long term, improved wellbeing for poor people dependent on water for livelihoods, health, environmental services in Africa and South Asia. This contributes towards our MDGs by providing efficient and sustainably managed water systems which will support increased water security for between 2.5 - 5 million people, while helping sustain and preserve water resources by 2021.