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USAID’s Feed The Future Innovation Labs Working To Improve Global Food Security

To meet the future challenges of agricultural production and food security “efficiently and effectively, [USAID] — as part of the Feed the Future initiative — is expanding its engagement with the university community, tapping into scientific expertise and innovation that are crucial to advancing global food security,” Saharah Moon Chapotin, division chief for agricultural research at USAID, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog. “Through the Feed the Future innovation labs, which build on USAID’s long history of working with U.S. universities through the collaborative research support programs, we are testing different models of engagement, expanding into emerging areas of research, and forging new partnerships with developing country institutions to help revitalize scientific talent and strengthen agricultural research capacity in countries like Bangladesh, Uganda, Malawi and Cambodia,” she writes and describes two new innovation labs. “Universities can be important partners to development agencies in [overcoming food security challenges],” Chapotin writes, concluding, “By engaging with universities, global development agencies can harness critical scientific advances and promote best practices in food security that can ultimately help reduce hunger and poverty around the world” (9/4).