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Colombia is a Newton Fund partner country. The Newton-Caldas Fund is named after Francisco José de Caldas, considered the father of engineering in Colombia and the inventor of the hypsometer, an instrument for measuring height or elevation.

Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America and one of the continent's most populous nations. The country’s natural resources include vast biodiversity, and the economy is traditionally based on agriculture, particularly coffee and fruit production. 

Colombia has been ravaged by a decades-long violent conflict, tied to the unequal distribution of wealth and the illicit drugs trade. However, since 2002, the country has been making significant progress towards improving security (BBC, 2018).

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Priorities for Colombia

These are mutually identified priorities between the UK and Colombia. Priorities may not cover everything we currently fund and may evolve over time to ensure they continue to meet our shared objectives
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Biodiversity and bioeconomy
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Capacity building and partnerships
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Health and life sciences
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Innovation
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Societal changes
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Sustainable agriculture and food security
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Turning coffee waste into electricity in Colombia

Waste water from coffee processing is harmful to the environment, as it contains substances that take a very long time to degrade. This is a particular problem in Colombia, the world’s third largest coffee producer, where nearly all coffee is grown on small, family-owned farms. The farmers are...

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Contact the Newton-Caldas Fund team

If you are interested in learning more about Newton-Caldas please get in touch with our local team.

Luis Calzadilla

Science and Innovation Director / Director de Ciencia e Innovación

Angelica Pinzon

Science and Innovation ODA Programmes Officer

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Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America and one of the continent's most populous nations. The country’s natural resources include vast biodiversity, and the economy is traditionally based on agriculture, particularly coffee and fruit production. Colombia has been ravaged by a decades-long violent conflict, tied to the unequal distribution of wealth and the illicit drugs trade. However, since 2002, the country has been making significant progress towards improving security (BBC).
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Researchers undertaking biodiversity research in Colombia
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Protecting biodiversity through Colombian communities

The GCRF-funded GROW Colombia programme has trained former guerrilla fighters as citizen scientists, built capacity to tackle illegal wildlife trade and strengthen online resources for biodiversity, and is informing Colombia’s National Development Plan. Colombia’s abundant flora and fauna...

OPPORTUNITIES

Funding opportunities

Information about our schemes, funding guidance, what's on offer and our partner matching service.