Michigan State University has announced a five-year, $11 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development in support of efforts to improve food security in developing countries.
Awarded to the Food Security Group in the university’s Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, the funding will establish the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research, Capacity, and Influence and support the lab’s efforts to incorporate research on rural and urban food security into the policy-making process. Working in partnership with the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes, which operates primarily in East and Southern Africa, the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research in Ghana, the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C., and Cornell University, the lab will provide funding and advice to promising research centers in Africa and Asia working to build their capacity and conduct policy-relevant research. With the potential for additional funding from USAID offices in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, the award could total $38 million.
"USAID is proud to partner with Michigan State University to leverage its cutting-edge research in food security and commitment to strengthening the policy research capacity of Asian and African research organizations," said Robert Bertram, chief scientist in USAID's Bureau for Food Security. "MSU's leadership of this new Feed the Future Innovation Lab will help partner country governments create better policies and effective approaches to policymaking that stimulate increased investment in food security and nutrition and help countries move from vulnerability to self-reliance."