About the lab
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet is part of the U.S. government's Feed the Future initiative to reduce global hunger and improve food security. The initiative uses research, education and outreach to advance solutions to hunger, poverty and undernutrition in low-income countries.
The Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab is headquartered at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State University serves as the management entity for the program, and builds on a 30-year legacy of INTSORMIL's collaboration and capacity building in sorghum, millet and other grains.
Three interrelated objectives comprise the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab's programmatic priorities and overall vision:
- Build a coalition of science and industry around sorghum and millet where structure and opportunity can create entrepreneurial advances to reduce poverty and hunger.
- Incubate and nurture a new wave of feed and food products to stimulate demand for sorghum and millet thereby extending economic benefits beyond the farm gate into the broader population.
- Create an economically rationalized business and research investment plan to leverage U.S. Agency for International Development core financing and attract broader donor support.
The projects selected for funding by the Lab all fall within these objectives and contribute to the overall Feed the Future goals of reducing global hunger and improving food security. Through scientific advances in production and the enhancement of entrepreneurial opportunities along the value chains, the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab is innovating science to make sorghum and millet the crops of the future