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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.

SMIL USAIDSorghum 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.

SIIL USAIDSustainable Intensification Innovation Lab (SIIL)

Contact: Vara Prasad, Director
Focus countries: Ethiopia, Tanzania, Senegal, Burkina-Faso, Bangladesh, Cambodia

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.

Wheat USAIDApplied Wheat Genomics Innovation Lab

Contact: Jesse Poland, Director
Focus countries: India, Pakistan

This project is developing heat-tolerant, high-yielding and farmer-accepted wheat varieties that utilize local cultivars and breeding networks.

PHL USAIDReduction of Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab (PHL)

Contact: Jagger Harvey, Director
Focus countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala

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.

From the Dean -

"With four Feed the Future Innovation Labs now hosted by the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension, USAID is making a nearly $100 million investment in Kansas State University's ability to provide leadership to the global food systems research, teaching and extension efforts."
– John Floros, Dean of the College of Agriculture


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