The purpose of the Horticulture Innovation Lab is to identify and strengthen opportunities for smallholder farmers to develop and sustainably manage horticulture based enterprises in Feed the Future production systems. This includes research and local capacity development on climate-resilient management of nutrient dense food and inclusive horticultural business growth and commercialization, with focus on youth opportunity, gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The Horticulture IL’s overarching goal is to reduce global hunger, malnutrition and poverty through science, technology and innovation. The Horticulture IL will work to realize inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led economic growth, strengthened resilience among people and systems, and a well-nourished population, especially among youth, women, and young children. The Horticulture IL will build on USAID’s prior investments, including the previous Horticulture IL and its precursor Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP). The Horticulture IL will function as a five-year Leader with Associates (LWA) Cooperative Agreement, awarded to an eligible U.S. university to develop a global portfolio of horticulture research-for-development.
Any questions must be emailed to Kelly Miskowski (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 25, 2021 at 4 p.m. Washington, D.C. time. Eligibility is restricted to Title XII U.S. universities and other eligible institutions.