The Global Farm Platform is funded by the Global Innovation Initiative, a joint effort of the United States and the United Kingdom to strengthen global multilateral collaboration through grants to university consortia focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related issues of global significance that foster cutting-edge multinational research and strengthen institutional international partnerships.
The Global Farm Platform is also supported by the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), a leading global higher education and research network made up of 16 universities, spanning 10 countries on five continents. WUN is the most active global higher education and research network with close to 100 active research initiatives, engaging over 2,000 researchers and students collaborating on a diverse range of projects. These initiatives are committed to addressing some of the world’s most urgent challenges and are supported by prolific partners such as the United Nations Foundation, World Bank, OECD and World Health Organization.
The Global Farm Platform is supported by two BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council, UK) International Partner Awards between Rothamsted Research (UK) and CIAT (Kenya); and University of Bristol (UK) and KVASU (India) to develop collaborative links in the areas of tropical forages for livestock production and animal welfare, respectively.
A Newton Fund Project has also recently been successful to support a Rothamsted Post Doc to work with CIAT on tropical forages for livestock production and the impact on soil quality and ecosystem services.