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Securing Water for Food Challenge

August 24th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Scientists and entrepreneurs with an interest in helping produce more food with less water in developing countries and who have piloted innovations may find a fit within the Securing Water for Food Challenge.

This funding competition is intended to source and accelerate innovations that will enable the production of more food with less water or make more water available for food production processing and distribution.

Within the food value chain, the three areas deemed critical to reducing water scarcity:

  1. Improving water efficiency and reusing agricultural wastewater to significantly extend the productivity of limited water resources
  2. Effective water capture and storage systems for extending temporal availability of water supply in regions where precipitation is seasonal
  3. Management of salinity in water supplies

Through this competition, Securing Water for Food anticipates disbursing $7.5 million in award funding. Individual awards range between $100,000 and $2,000,000.

Awards may be in the form of grants, cooperative agreements, or other instruments as appropriate, depending on the type of applicant and proposal. The application deadline is Oct. 10.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to participate in a live question-and-answer webinar on Aug. 31.

Securing Water for Food , now in its fourth round, is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, South African Department of Science and Technology, and Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Securing Water for Food funding opportunity announcement

Securing Water for Food website