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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification


Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab Host Annual Meeting in Cambodia

SIIL hosted its 2022 annual meeting June 23-25 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with more than 100 participants attending the meeting, including research partners and funding recipients of the lab, along with representatives from distinct United States Agency for International Development missions and Washington, D.C.

K-State Awarded $12M Grant to Lead Agricultural Growth in Haiti

The U.S. Agency for International Development has selected K-State's Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab to lead a project supporting agriculture-led growth in Haiti.

Feed the Future Policy Research Consortium Final Conference

In this conference to mark its end, consortium members will present the results of their research activities, important lessons learned and the implications they hold for USAID’s policy related work. The conference may be of interest not only to USAID staff working on food policy issues, but also to
implementing partners, development agencies, African policy makers and other researchers.

Prasad Highlights Innovation Investment Report on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification

A new innovation investment study from the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification finds that only 7% of current innovation spending in agricultural research actually targets environmental outcomes.

iREACH Holds Pioneer Advisory Committee Meeting

The first-ever Advisory Committee meeting of the Innovation, Research, Extension, and Advisory Coordination Hub (iREACH) was held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. 

SIIL Collaborator Appointed Advisor to the National Council of Cambodia

Lyda Hok, the director of the CE SAIN, established by the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab, has been appointed as Advisor to the National Council of Science, Technology and Innovation.

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Agronomist receives $3M grant to develop digital geospatial tools for improving resilience of farming systems

A Kansas State University researcher received a $3 million grant from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification, or SIIL, to improve the resilience of smallholder livelihoods through the application of digital and geospatial decision support tools under diverse farming systems.

Ignacio Ciampitti receives Agronomic Education and Extension Award from national agronomy society

Ignacio Ciampitti, associate professor in the agronomy department at Kansas State University, was awarded the Agronomic Education and Extension Award from the American Society of Agronomy — an award that acknowledges excellence in education and extension.

Vara Prasad awarded International Agronomy Award from American Society of Agronomy

Following years of dedication to the agriculture community and numerous contributions to research and development, university distinguished professor and director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification at Kansas State University, P.V. Vara Prasad, received the International Agronomy Award from the American Society of Agronomy.

Jan Middendorf named Innovation Lab Council chair for Feed the Future Innovation Labs

Jan Middendorf, associate director of the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab, or SIIL, has been elected to serve as the council chair of the Feed the Future Innovation Labs.

SI Assessment Framework and Training Video 

The Sustainable Intensification (SI) Assessment Framework and Toolkit are 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.

K-State researcher awarded grant to sustainably intensify farming systems in Senegal

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 to Serve on New International Commission on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification

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.