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.
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification (SIIL) is excited to announce the launch of the Sustainable Opportunities for Improving Livelihoods with Soil (SOILS) Consortium on March 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. This launch will will highlight the goals of the SOILS consortium, which includes the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), along with the SIIL, including “improv(ing) the health and fertility of soils as the foundation for nutritious food production and resilient and sustainable livelihoods.” Vara Prasad, SIIL director, and Zach Stewart, program manager and associate research professor, are the PI's on this project. For more information, please follow this link or read the press release here.
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.
We would like to formally introduce and welcome Andra Williams to SIIL as the new Program Administrator! She comes to us with several years of international and Innovation Lab experience. Please take time read her profile here and join us in making her feel welcomed by the extended SIIL family.