Eight hundred million people around the world live in hunger. Food insecurity is deeply entangled with issues of poverty, malnutrition and gender inequity, particularly in vulnerable, resource-poor communities. We believe science and collaboration can transform these challenges and create a more equitable, food-secure world for all.
At the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement (ILCI), we believe development must be done differently. Advanced plant breeding forged with social science that is led by local researchers defines our approach to ending chronic hunger and poverty. Highly collaborative science conducted in a dynamic environment is leading to radical changes in how crop improvement can deliver staple crops with increased yields, enhanced nutrition and greater resistance to pests and diseases.
Headquartered at Cornell University, we support global partners in their efforts to confront food insecurity. Our team brings together university experts (Cornell University, Clemson University, Colorado State University, Kansas State University and Makerere University), NGO partners (Cultural Practice and RTI International), and an international network of researchers based at National Agricultural Research Institutions (NARIs).
Our programmatic structure is divided into three interconnected components: Centers of Innovation, Objective Areas and subward projects. Our programs work together to address the greatest challenges that threaten our focus crops.
Feed the Future Innovation Labs
Feed the Future’s 20+ Innovation Labs draw on the expertise of top U.S. universities and research institutions in target countries to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges in agriculture and food security. Led by U.S. universities, these Innovation Labs are central to advancing novel solutions that support Feed the Future’s goals to reduce global hunger, poverty and undernutrition.