Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

USAID Administrator launches new university partnerships to end global hunger and poverty

During a speech at The George Washington University’s Feeding the Planet Summit, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced 10 new Feed the Future Innovation Labs to increase global food security and help smallholder farmers boost incomes and improve nutrition. These Innovation Labs draw on the expertise of top U.S. universities and developing country research institutions, and will tackle some of the world’s most challenging agricultural research problems. The U.S. university-led Innovation Labs are central to advancing novel solutions in support of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

The new labs are part of the Feed the Future Food Security Innovation Center, launched in 2012 to support innovative research aimed at transforming agricultural production systems through “sustainable intensification” – or producing more food in an environmentally sensitive manner –  ensuring access to nutritious and safe foods, creating enabling and supportive policies, and addressing the emerging challenges of climate change and natural resource scarcity. The newest additions include:

  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Beans
    Led by Pennsylvania State University
  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Cowpea
    Led by the University of California at Riverside
  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Sorghum
    Led by the University of Georgia
  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for  Applied Wheat Genomics
    Led by Kansas State University
  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Rift Valley Fever Control in Agriculture
    Led by the University of Texas at El Paso
  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry
    Led by the University of California at Davis
  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-scale Irrigation
    Led by Texas A&M University
  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Chickpea 
    (Lead university to be awarded)
  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soy Value Chain Research 
    (Lead university to be awarded)
  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Reduced Post-harvest Losses 
    (Lead university to be awarded)

Find other resources on Feed the Future Innovation Labs on Agrilinks:

  • Feed the Future launches the new CRSP Digest platform 
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  • Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Labs links agriculture, nutrition, and health
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  • Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Innovation Lab uncovers gender-based constraints to adopting conservation agriculture
    » Read more
     
  • Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab's discusses Tuta absoluta 
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  • Online discussion highlights Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab's research priorities
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A full list of the Feed the Future Innovation Labs can be found here.