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Department for International Development (DFID) made fighting world poverty its top priority, apart from economic development since it was founded in 1997. The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – specific goals to be met by 2015 that aim to combat extreme poverty across the world, lie at the heart of DFID’s work.

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. Achieve universal primary education
  3. Promote gender equality and empower women
  4. Reduce child mortality
  5. Improve maternal health
  6. Combat HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability
  8. Develop a global partnership for development

These goals were created at the UN Millennium Summit in New York in 2000 where it was the largest gathering of world leaders in history. The MDGs were drawn from the Millennium Declaration, which the world leaders adopted and promised to: “Free all men, women, and children from the abject and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty.” The declaration was then adopted by 189 nations and signed by 147 heads of state.

In line with the first MDG – Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, which goal is to halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015, DFID has provided funding to Crops for the Future to explore the possible application of Neglected and Underutilised Corps (NUS) for eradication of the “silent hunger” famine. Conservation efforts of making the rare common has also ensured environmental sustainability (MDG 7), whereby diverse crops fields provide better resiliency against the raising threat of global warming (climate change) and evolving pests and diseases.

Project Title : Crops for the Future
Website : http://www.dfid.gov.uk/
Fund : DFID’s UK Aid
Duration : Yearly renewal
Objectives : To select an organisational representative to accomplish the eight MDGs
Target Country : Worldwide
Publications : Strategic Approaches for Funding Work on NUS