Major International Projects

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) faculty, staff and students are actively engaged in numerous international agricultural development projects worldwide. The following are some of the major ones implemented during 2019-2020.

  • USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Legume Systems Research supports legume development in terms of nutrition, as well as the role legumes have in smallholder farms in developing countries to generate income and farm system sustainability.
  • USAID Feed the Future Biotechnology Potato Partnership (BPP) is a public-private initiative that supports the development of late blight disease resistant potatoes in Bangladesh and Indonesia to enhance productivity of smallholder farmers.
  • Food Security Group (FSG) and USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research, Capacity, and Influence (PRCI) is partnering to strengthen local and regional capacity for policy research and influence in pursuit of sustainable, inclusive and healthy agri-food system transformation.
  • Agricultural Transformation Project in Malawi is dedicated to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and transforming Malawi’s agricultural sector.
  • USAID Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is part of the MSU Food Security Group's Evaluation of the Marketplace for Nutritious Foods program that aims to increase the capacity and willingness of consumers in developing countries, especially low-income consumers, to acquire and consume more nutritious foods.
  • USAID Afghanistan GRAIN is building human resources and institutional capacity to enhance productivity, profitability and climate resilience of wheat-based systems to bolster wheat sector in Afghanistan. The project is implemented by the MSU Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.
  • CANR World Technology Access Program (WorldTAP) is an international training, technology transfer and capacity building program that draws upon expertise from MSU and from public and private sectors internationally to develop human resources and institutional capacities in diverse areas of agricultural research and development through diverse funding sources.
  • USDA-FAS Emerging Markets Program (EMP) - Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety Training Program provides training for policymakers, regulators, scientists and other key stakeholders in agricultural biotechnology and biosafety from selected emerging markets in Asia and Africa.
  • African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) is implemented in partnership with the African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) to build functional biosafety systems in Africa. The ABNE network is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • USAID Egypt Center of Excellence for Agriculture (CoEA) is a partnership between MSU and eight other leading agricultural universities in the U.S. and Egypt to help establish the Egyptian Center of Excellence at Cairo University. The project consortium is led by the Cornell University. The project ended in September 2020.