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Kansas Ag Connection - 10/10/2017

The U.S. Agency for International Development established the Feed the Future Innovation Labs program to harness the capacity of U.S. land-grant institutions, other universities and the private sector to improve food security globally.

Feed the Future, and the newly minted U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy, seeks to promote inclusive growth of agricultural economies, increase resilience against shocks and improve health and nutrition in Feed the Future-targeted countries. K-State officials say the university's four innovation labs are contributing to these goals in major ways.

Here is an overview of the four labs currently housed at Kansas State University:

Applied Wheat Genomics -- www.k-state.edu/wheat-innovation-lab

- Funded in 2013 for $5 million

- Focuses on developing heat-tolerant, high-yielding and farmer-accepted wheat varieties for South Asia

- Focus countries are Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

Post-Harvest Loss -- www.k-state.edu/phl

- Funded in 2014 for $8.5 million; $15 million in associate awards

- Focuses on improving global food security by reducing post-harvest losses in long-term storage crops, such as grains, oilseeds, legumes, root crops and seeds

- Focus countries are Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana and Guatemala

- Has received an additional $3 million for projects in Nepal, Honduras and Afghanistan

Sorghum and Millet -- www.k-state.edu/smil

- Funded in 2013 for $13.7 million base; $10 million in associate awards

- Focuses on improving the productivity, disease resistance, agronomy and economic value of sorghum and millet

- Focus countries are Burkina-Faso, Ethiopia, Mali, Niger and Senegal - Will seek a second five-year funding cycle in July 2018

Sustainable Intensification -- www.k-state.edu/siil

- Funded in 2014 for $32 million; $18 million in associate awards

- Focuses on developing practices for producing more food and nutrition on the same land base while protecting natural resources

- Focus countries are Bangladesh, Burkina-Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Senegal and Tanzania

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