Success Stories

Photo Credit: Legume Innovation Lab, IPM-omics: Scalable and sustainable solutions for pest management of insect pests of cowpea in Africa Project

Legume Innovation Lab Director Irvin Widders Honored with 2015 Ralph Smuckler Award

The Legume Innovation Lab Director Irvin Widders has been named the recipient of the 2015 Ralph Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University (MSU). Widders’s commitment to helping smallholder farmers (many of whom are women) […]

Cristina Manfre

Horticulture Innovation Lab Showcases Recent Research on Horticulture, Nutrition, and Postharvest at Two Washington, D.C. Events

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture (Horticulture Innovation Lab) hosted two separate events this July in Washington, D.C. showcasing their research on varied horticulture, nutrition, and postharvest topics. The events were both retrospective and forward […]

On the outskirts of Lake Victoria, women typically engage in fish trading and processing. A Purdue University-led AquaFish project is using SMS technology to increase women's participation in the tilapia value chain.

AquaFish Strengthens Fish Value Chains for Men and Women Fish Farmers

Declines in the wild fish catches in Kenya’s Lake Victoria have spurred the expansion of fish farming in the region. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Aquaculture and Fisheries (AquaFish) expanded work conducted under the former […]

Pastoralists gather to learn about the index-based livestock insurance from insurance agents and researchers.

Reducing the Vulnerability of Kenya’s Pastoralists to Drought with Livestock Insurance

In the arid and semi-arid lands of northern Kenya, pastoralists’ livelihoods depend on the health of their herds. In anticipation of drought, households often avoid potentially high-return activities for safer strategies, keeping them poorer than they need to be. When […]

D. Rubin

CRSP Research Increases Agricultural Productivity

Achieving increases in productivity, defined as deriving greater output per unit of input, is a central feature of USAID-funded agricultural programs and particularly the work of the Collaborative Research Support Programs (CRSPs). Productivity gains can come from improvement in breeding, […]

Students at Egerton University in Kenya monitoring environmental data in the Njoro River watershed.

Building the Technical and
Institutional Capacity to Feed the World

To solve the puzzle of sustainably producing more food and feed for tomorrow under conditions of increasing resource scarcity it is critical to build the knowledge and skills of actors in the global food system today. This task has been undertaken by the […]

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Strengthening Value Chains to Benefit Small Producers

The CRSPs are working to build efficient and effective value chains across the globe. They have recognized that scientific advances to increase yields without regard to the market can have negative consequences for small producers if it creates a glut […]

Agricultural professionals learn to diagnose Phytophthora.

New Network of Plant Pathologists Prevents Disease Spread

Phytophthora, Greek for plant‐destroyer, is a ubiquitous plant pathogen that robs the world’s farmers of billions of dollars each year. This soil‐inhabiting pathogen, more closely related to brown algae than true fungi, travels the dank, dirty corners of Earth’s underbelly […]

Dr. Maria Elisa Christie meets with women in Uganda in a focus group discussion on peanut food preparation techniques. Under Christie's leadership Peanut, SANREM, and IPM CRSPs use a common gender analysis framework.

Reducing the Gender Gaps in Agriculture: The Experiences of IPM, Peanut, and SANREM CRSPs

According to the 2010-2011 State of Food and Agriculture, closing the gender gaps in agriculture has the potential to raise total agricultural output in development countries by between 2.5 and 4 percent and to reduce the number of hungry people […]

Livestock-Climate Change

Enhancing Pastoralists’ Knowledge of Livestock Health Issues in Tanzania

Livestock-Climate Change (LCC) CRSP HALI-2 researchers knew that Tanzanian pastoralists were hungry for livestock health education. But what is the best way to deliver that education and what topics should be covered? This was the focus of the researchers’ most […]