Transforming Farming Systems for Smallholders
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification (SIIL), along with the associated Geospatial and Farming Systems Research Consortium and the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium, will produce measurable impacts on reducing global hunger, poverty and improving the nutrition of smallholder farmers.
The focus countries are Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Tanzania and Cambodia. Activities are focused on four core areas: to sustainably increase the production of nutritious food and encourage dietary diversity of smallholder and women farmers, to increase the involvement and empowerment of women in agricultural production and processing, to increase food production through improved crop-production technologies while minimizing environmental impact, and the prevention of food loss and waste and improving food safety.
In 2017, a multi-stage effort led by the SIIL gathered feedback on soil fertility issues in the Sahel region, including a focus on countries in West Africa, East Africa, the Great Lakes region and Ethiopia. The reports, dividing the results into three parts or stages, are now available.
A new project funded by the SIIL and led by the University of California, Davis aims to understand the pathways to adoption and the impact of innovations from Feed the Future Innovation Labs and Collaborative Research Support Programs.