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The US Department of Agriculture has announced a new grants programme to support agricultural researchers in developing countries.

About 100 scientists will be offered short-term scientific training in the United States under the programme, which will also support the exchange of policymakers and university faculty members.

The programme is named after the agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug, the Nobel Prize winner who is often hailed as the father of the 'Green Revolution' that saw high-yielding crops introduced into South Asia in the 1970s.

In a speech to an agricultural conference last year in Sacramento, United States, Borlaug challenged government leaders to accelerate the transfer of agricultural and food technologies to the developing world.

By launching the programme, the Department of Agriculture is responding to Borlaug's challenge and demonstrating that it shares his commitment, according to US Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman.

"This programme will honour Dr Borlaug by promoting the transfer and adoption of new technologies to improve global food availability," she said in announcing the new fellowships in Washington DC this week. "Science and technology can help raise agricultural productivity, improve food processing and marketing and address global hunger and poverty."

The programme will be open to participants worldwide, but will focus on Africa, South America and Asia.

Link to more information on the Norman E. Borlaug International Science and Technology Fellows Programme

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