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, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Tanzania. 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.
Highlights & Announcements
A Kansas State University researcher with the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification, or SIIL, has been awarded a $400,000 grant to sustainably intensify agro-pastoral farming systems in Senegal. Zachary Stewart is leading a four-year study on dual-purpose cowpea to increase food and fodder production in Senegal. This work is supported by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Legume Systems Research managed by Michigan State University with funding through the United States Agency for International Development.
Vara Prasad, university distinguished professor of agronomy and director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification, or SIIL, at K-State, has been selected to serve on the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification, or CoSAI. The commission consists of scholars around the world with experience in the Global South. These scientists, experts and decision-makers are serving as CoSAI commissioners to collect and assess evidence to accelerate the urgently needed transformation of agriculture.
Two Professors Involved in Webinar Series Discussing Key Challenges Faced by Farmers in Providing Food
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, or SEARCA, hosted a webinar series covering a range of key challenges to our communities and farmers across the globe who provide us food. The center's Online Learning and Virtual Engagement, or SOLVE, webinar series is an immediate response to COVID-19 and the impacts on food security. Kansas State University's Vara Prasad and Manny Reyes were invited to speak for the sixth webinar, SOLVE Food and Nutrition Insecurity through Sustainable Agriculture Intensification.
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.