Horticulture Innovation Lab
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture's global reserach network advances fruit and vegetable innovations, empowering smallholder farmers to earn more income while better nourishing their communitities.
Also known as the Horticulture Innovation Lab, the program's research projects span the value chain of fruit and vegetable production, from seed systems to postharvest practices and marketing. Improving livelihoods — through higher profits and diversified, nutrient-rich diets — is a primary goal of the program’s research efforts around the world. The program’s work is guided by ensuring gender equity, improving information access, targeting innovative technologies and increasing research capacity.
The Horticulture Innovation Lab is based at the University of California, Davis, with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development as part of Feed the Future, the U.S. government's global hunger and food security initiative.
Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Kenya, Nepal, Rwanda, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.
The Horticulture Innovation Lab's global research network advances fruit and vegetable innovations, empowering smallholder farmers to earn more income while better nourishing their communities.
As part of Feed the Future, the program has supported collaborations with more than 200 organizations and universities on projects for smallholder farmers around the world. Most projects include partners from a U.S. university and from an organization in a developing country in Africa, Asia or Latin America, according to the U.S. government’s “Feed the Future” global food security strategy. Through partnerships and collaborative research, the program also aims to build the capacity of researchers, institutions and farmers to advance horticultural science.
In the program’s first 9 years, these research teams have also trained more than 50,000 individuals, including more than 18,000 farmers who improved their farming practices. The Horticulture Innovation Lab’s projects span the value chain of fruit and vegetable production:
- Seeds and germplasm
- Sustainable production
- Postharvest practices
- Food safety
- Capacity building
In addition to major projects, the Horticulture Innovation Lab has funded dozens of smaller Trellis Fund projects, which pair a U.S. graduate student with an organization in a developing country. Though smallholder farmers are the focus of Trellis Fund projects, the program also builds new relationships with organizations and provides development experience to tomorrow’s agricultural researchers.
Who We Are
The Horticulture Innovation Lab is managed by a team at UC Davis, with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development as part of the U.S. government's Feed the Future initiative.
The program is awarded to UC Davis in partnership with North Carolina State University, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and the University of Florida.
We partner with U.S. universities, international researchers, non-governmental organizations, national agricultural research institutes, private enterprise and foreign universities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. See a full list of our partners. The program continues to further strengthen its research network with new collaborators.
Work With Us
The Horticulture Innovation Lab periodically has open calls for project proposals. We list these requests for proposals on our website under Funding Opportunities and also email the opportunities out to our newsletter email list. If you think you might be interested in hearing about these opportunities, please sign up for our email list to make sure you are notified.
Most of our projects are led by U.S. university researchers, with diverse international teams. Though our program is proud of our current partnerships, we are always open to further strengthening the capacity of our research network with new collaborators.
If you are interested in finding a partner to work with, you can browse through our List of Collaborators, which includes individuals who have signed up, indicating their interest in capacity building, sustainable production, gender and horticulture, nutrition and health, market systems, postharvest systems and food safety. If you are interested, you can submit your information to be added to the list of potential collaborators.