USAID Feed the Future Innovation Labs
Feed the Future is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative that targets 19 low-income countries in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to accelerate
- inclusive agricultural growth,
- improved nutrition,
- gender integration,
- private sector engagement,
- research and capacity building, and
- climate-smart development.
Kansas State University was awarded three labs in 2013 and a fourth in 2014. These labs link the university's knowledge and science with other universities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other public and private organizations.
Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab (SMIL)
Contact: Tim Dalton, Director
Focus countries: Ethiopia, Senegal, Niger
SMIL works to improve the adaptation and resilience of sorghum and pearl millet in West and East Africa, while expanding market demand and product-development opportunities. View the 2015 Activities and Impacts Report.
Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab (SIIL)
Contact: Vara Prasad, Director
SIIL works to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes to provide improved nutrition and food security to smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia, with a strong focus on integrated farming systems.
Applied Wheat Genomics Innovation Lab
Contact: Jesse Poland, Director
This project is developing heat-tolerant, high-yielding and farmer-accepted wheat varieties that utilize local cultivars and breeding networks.
Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab (PHL)
Contact: Jagger Harvey, Director
PHL works to improve access to safe and nutritious foods in Africa, Asia and South America by helping to reduce post-harvest loss in staple crops and related processed products.