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, the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium, the Policy Research Consortium and the SOILS 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.
The Agronomy Department at Kansas State University is looking for a Fellow (Post Doc) to work on field research activities related to sustainable agriculture and resilience of farming systems. Please apply here today!
An exciting post-doctoral fellowship opportunity has become available with the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This position will work closely with the SIIL office and the SOILS Consortium to "conduct research on international soil health and fertility with an emphasis on modeling soil properties and delivering soil fertility recommendations across large geographic regions." For more information, please click here.
We are looking for a new Program Information Officer to join us here at the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab. This exciting position will help us broaden our reach and get the word out about all the work SIIL is doing around the world. For more information and to apply, please click here. We look forward to hearing from you!
SIIL director Vara Prasad has been elected to lead the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), a Madison, Wisconsin-based, professional international society which fosters the mission of plant science for a better world. Prasad is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agronomy and his tenure as the president of CSSA will be for three years, until 2022.
The Sustainable Intensification (SI) Assessment Framework and Toolkit are now live! Digital design was provided by New Boston Creative and Piestar, under the leadership of the SIIL Management Entity. The framework provides indicators in five domains: productivity, economic, environment, human condition and social, and allow researchers the ability to assess the performance of an innovation across many domains. The full Toolkit can be found here. Additional information on the framework can be found here.