Feed the Future
CANR is home to two USAIDfunded innovation labs —the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy.
March 16, 2016
CANR is home to two USAID funded innovation labs —the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy.
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes (Legume Innovation Lab) focuses on edible grain legumes, including common bean, cowpea, pigeon pea and lima bean. The program builds on the scientific advances and technological achievements of the Bean/Cowpea and Dry Grain Pulses (CRSPs) while responding to the agricultural development priorities and objectives set forth in USAID’s Feed the Future (FTF) Presidential Initiative in FTF focus countries and regions. Learn more at legumelab.msu.edu.
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy focuses on helping USAID-supported countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to fight hunger, reduce poverty and improve nutritional outcomes through better food policy. The MSU Food Security Group is leading the implementation, partnering with the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C., and the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
The Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy seeks to build capacity, policy formulation and implementation that is transparent, inclusive and evidence-based. Collaboration with host country research organizations, advocacy networks, the private sector, farmers’ groups, media and policymakers is therefore crucial. Awareness of how policies improve or hinder opportunities for women and the interaction between climate change and resilience are key cross cutting concerns addressed by the lab.
This article was published in In the Field, a yearly magazine produced by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. To view past issues of In the Field, visit www.canr.msu.edu/inthefield. For more information, email Eileen Gianiodis, editor, at email@example.com or call 517-355-1855.