Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new $30 million award under Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, to the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soybean Value Chain Research led by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The announcement was made during an event at which Members of Congress and key partners across the development community celebrated the essential role of research and innovation in ending global hunger.
These critical investments continue to redefine what is possible in the global fight to end hunger and poverty and are increasingly important in responding to the shocks driven by COVID-19, climate change, and the current global food security crisis.
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soybean Value Chain Research award provides researchers, agricultural extensionists, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and smallholder farmers with critical information and technology to advance soybean development in sub-Saharan Africa. This award builds on the University of Illinois’s previous leadership of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soybean, etc.
The 21 Feed the Future Innovation Labs, led by U.S. universities and funded by USAID, work on food security and nutrition challenges in our partner countries with local researchers and institutions.