Funding for Research Proposals on Tomatoes, Dried Apricots
Improving market opportunities for farmers growing tomatoes in Burkina Faso and apricots in Tajikistan are the main objectives of two new research grant opportunities from the Feed the Future Horticulture Innovation Lab.
The grants will fund research to provide evidence-based analysis that helps smallholder farmers better connect with agricultural markets through practices that address fruit quality, food safety, packaging, handling, processing, transportation, market analysis and other postharvest issues. The Horticulture Innovation Lab conducts collaborative research 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.
U.S. researchers are invited to apply in partnership with international scientists and organizations.
September 12 is the deadline for research proposals for these two projects, each with funding up to $300,000 over two years.<!--break-->
Helping tomato growers in Burkina Faso and the Sahel
In Burkina Faso and the Sahel region, USAID and its partners have already had some success in supporting home gardeners to enhance resilience, including improved incomes, food availability and nutritional status.
To expand tomato market opportunities among home gardeners and smallholder farmers working with USAID/Burkina Faso, the Horticulture Innovation Lab is seeking research that can lead to improved postharvest handling, storage, transportation infrastructure, processing techniques and market analysis for fresh and processed tomatoes.
Helping apricot farmers in Tajikistan
In southern Tajikistan, farmers have made recent inroads into lucrative export markets for dried apricots.
To better support USAID/Tajikistan’s efforts to help southern apricot farmers, the Horticulture Innovation Lab will fund research that can provide evidence-based recommendations to address market barriers for apricots grown in the southern region, including food safety challenges and improving product quality.
Applying for grants and working with USAID Missions
Research teams who receive this funding will be expected to work closely with teams in USAID/Burkina Faso and the USAID/Sahel Regional Office for the tomato-focused project or with USAID/Tajikistan for the apricot-focused project.
Full requests for proposals (RFPs) and application details are available at: http://horticulture.ucdavis.edu/main/funding.htm.
- Request for Proposals: Research on Appropriate Postharvest Handling, Processing, and Marketing of Dried Apricots in Tajikistan (PDF)
- Request for Proposals: Research to Improve Handling, Storage, and Marketing of Tomatoes in Burkina Faso for Resilience in the Sahel-Enhanced (PDF)
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A version of this blog post originally appeared on the Horticulture Innovation Lab blog.