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Kansas University to boost food production with USAID grant

FBR Staff Writer Published 25 September 2014

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has offered $50m to Kansas State University to increase food production in a sustainable way with limited resources.

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The five-year grant will be used to fund the establishment of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for sustainable intensification at the university.

Feed the Future labs form a part of the US government's global hunger and food security initiative. It is aimed at increasing food production from existing farmland while minimising resource use and environmental impact, in order to cater to the increasing food demand across the globe.

Kansas State University Department of Agronomy head Gary Pierzynski said: "Bringing additional land into agricultural production would have significant negative environmental impacts, which can be avoided with sustainable intensification, while also protecting or enhancing natural resources."

The lab will discover technologies that will help smallholder farmers in key African and South Asian countries to improve their management of land, water, soil, crops, trees and livestock while simultaneously improving yields and sustaining natural resources.

This is the fourth USAID Feed the Future grant secured by the Kansas State University since July 2013.


Image: Rice farmers in South Asia tend their crops. Photo: courtesy of Kansas State University.