K-State awarded $13.7 million to improve food security in Africa

07/25/2013 4:52 PM

07/25/2013 4:54 PM

Kansas State University has been awarded a five-year, $13.7 million grant by the U.S. Agency for International Development to help increase food supplies and boost economies in semiarid Africa.

The grant will establish the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet at Kansas State.

Timothy Dalton, associate professor of agricultural economics at K-State, will direct the lab and develop a network of researchers and outreach staff at USAID and agriculture-centric U.S. universities, as well as universities, research centers, industries and nongovernmental groups in Ethiopia, Senegal and Niger.

“The overall goal with those three key producing nations is to improve farmers' productivity with sorghum and millet, which will reduce poverty and hunger,” Dalton said, in a statement. “Additionally, we want to help the farmers with value-added product development to increase benefits to consumers, the private sector and farmers.”

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