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TAAF has in the past raised money for its awards from many different sources: DFID, Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Natural Resources International Foundation, consultancy firms, private donations and TAA itself.
For the last five years TAAF has operated with a budget of £10,000-£15,000 per year, which has enabled it to make one to three long term awards and seven to ten MSc awards each year. A summary of the funds received and awards made in recent years is given below. For details of the overall TAA accounts, which include TAAF, please click here
TAAF Accounts (£)
|With the crisis in food production and the challenge of coping with climate change which now face the world and developing countries in particular, there is both an urgent need to increase the number of people in the UK with practical experience of international natural resource development, and a growing demand from new graduates in relevant disciplines to work in this field.
TAAF has set itself a target of increasing its annual budget by 10% per year, to a maximum of £50,000 or 20-30 awards per year so that committee members can continue to maintain the personal relationship between awardees and TAAF mentors which is a hallmark of the fund.
A TAAF award advertising campaign has been mounted at relevant universities and colleges to spread knowledge of the award fund and to stimulate the appropriate number of applications. We are continually seeking funds from bilateral and multilateral donors, foundations, agribusiness firms, education trusts, philanthropic institutions and private individuals, to supplement TAAF's limited resources.
We are particularly keen to encourage retired members of TAA to consider bequeathing legacies to TAAF in their wills, to ensure a continuing supply of young professionals with the experience needed to maintain the pre-eminence of UK institutions and individuals in the development field.
Interested donors are invited to contact the TAA Treasurer, TAAF Chairman or Secretary for further information or you can simply click here and donate on line, ticking Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer.