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Australia partners with India to tackle food security

Australia has entered a new partnership with India in an effort to improve national food security.

The Grand Challenge Fund launched last Friday will include Industry, researchers, and the Australian and Indian Governments working together in projects focussed on food and water security, sustainable farming and climate change.

Federal Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said: “Under the fund, Australian and Indian researchers will share their knowledge, ideas and experience to develop solutions to the problems both countries face.”

The Australian Government will provide $3 million per project under the Fund. This amount will be matched by the Indian Government.

The Grand Challenge Fund is part of the Australia-India Research Fund, which has supported 60 joint research projects since its establishment in 2006.

Expressions of interest for funding open today, 29 November 2010. More information on the Fund and the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund can be found at www.innovation.gov.au/aisrf.

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