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Four USAID Feed the Future Innovation Labs awarded

A recognized leader in global food systems

In the course of 14 months, Kansas State University was named the winner of four highly competitive grants totaling more than $100 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. The grants establish and fund four Feed the Future Innovation Labs.

Feed the Future Innovation Labs are a global collaboration among universities, industry and nongovernmental organizations. Labs focus on improving the resiliency and production of food crop plants as well as preventing crop losses in key, grain-producing countries in an effort to end world hunger. The labs address these challenges through a combination of research, education and outreach in target nations.

"These federal centers are highly competitive amongst universities with strong agriculture programs," said John Floros, dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension. "The labs require not only a great deal of expertise, but also leadership in coordinating research. Kansas State University is proud to lead these efforts to improve our global food system and help find solutions to feed the world's growing population."

Kansas State University's innovation labs are concentrating on sorghum and millet, wheat, reducing postharvest losses, and sustainable intensification — increasing food production with limited resources and reduced stress on the environment.  

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet focuses on the African nations of Ethiopia, Senegal and Niger. Experts are using science and technology to produce innovations such as climate-resilient varieties of sorghum and millet as well as more profitable market approaches for the farmers in the three target nations.

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics is working to develop wheat varieties that are resilient to the warning effects of climate change. Initially, the concentration will be in South Asia, which typically produces 20 percent of the world's wheat crop.

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss will focus initially on helping the countries of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana and Guatemala reduce their postharvest losses and food waste for grain and oil seed crops, tuberous root crops, and peanut and legume crops.

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sustainable Intensification is identifying technologies that will help smallholder farmers in key African and South Asian countries improve their management of land, water, soil, crops, trees and livestock while simultaneously improving yields and sustaining natural resources. 

News

University awarded $50 million competitive grant to support fourth federal research lab, focused on sustainable intensification
September 2014

Kansas State University has been awarded a $50 million grant to establish the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sustainable Intensification. The lab will be the global leader on increasing food production with limited resources and reduced stress on the environment.

University establishes multimillion-dollar global food security program on reducing postharvest loss
December 2013

Kansas State University is receiving an initial five-year, $8.5 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development to establish the federal government's new Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss. The lab will focus initially on helping the countries of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana and Guatemala reduce their postharvest losses and food waste for grain and oil seed crops, tuberous root crops, and peanut and legume crops.

Kansas State University Will Lead Effort to Develop Climate-Resilient Wheat
October 2013

Kansas State University has been chosen to lead a new effort focused on developing wheat varieties that are resilient to the warming effects of climate change. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics will use genomic selection to boost genetic gains in wheat targeted to future warmer climates with a goal to develop heat-tolerant, high-yielding, and farmer-accepted varieties for South Asia.

University awarded $13.7M competitive grant to support research on sorghum and millet and decrease hunger in Africa
July 2013

Kansas State University is the recipient of a $13.7 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development. The grant is to help end poverty and increase crop food supplies in semi-arid Africa by improving the sorghum and millet crops in three African countries.