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.
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.
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.