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The USAID program Feed the Future released their 2016 Progress Report. The report is available on the Feed the Future website. LinkArrow2.jpg

 

UC Davis Professor Douglas Cook gave a talk titled, "Pulses: The Heroes of Nutrition & Agricultural Sustainability." LinkArrow2.jpg on October 5, 2016.  

The UC Davis World Food Center LinkArrow2.jpg, the World Bank Agriculture Global Practice LinkArrow2.jpg and SecureNutrition LinkArrow2.jpg hosted a seminar to celebrate the UN’s International Year of Pulses. The featured speaker was UC Davis Professor Douglas Cook, who leads the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Chickpea with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The seminar highlighted the role pulses play in nutrition and agricultural sustainability. Among other themes, Cook covered the uses of pulses in the developing world and challenges around nutrition, yield, climate change, and more.

Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family and represent 12 grain crops, including dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas and lentils. Cook shared his decades of experience on legumes in a discussion covering agriculture, nutrition, delivery systems and the challenge of linking science to the development of resilient legumes for farmers.

Video of Dr. Cook's presentation. LinkArrow2.jpg
PDF of Dr. Cook's Powerpoint Presentation LinkArrow2.jpg

 

USAID's Beth Dunford, Bureau for Food Security Assistant to the Administrator, discussed youth and Feed the Future at The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit on September 28, 2016. 

Video of Dr. Dunford's talk. LinkArrow2.jpg The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit LinkArrow2.jpg

 

A Food Secure 2030 – PDF LinkArrow2.jpg

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, USAID Press Office

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Gayle Smith announced a new report in Nairobi, Kenya that expands the U.S. Government's vision for ending global hunger, poverty, and undernutrition over the next 15 years.

The new report, A Food-Secure 2030, embodies the U.S. Government's approach to food security through Feed the Future and calls for developing country governments to lead by mobilizing the resources, partnerships, and policies that are required for success; donors to renew and expand their resources; private sector to deepen their engagement and investment; and civil society to utilize their collective voice and support to help translate commitments into action.  Full Press Release LinkArrow2.jpg

 

Obama signs Global Food Security Act to end hunger, USA Today, July 21, 2016  LinkArrow2.jpg  

A bipartisan bill promoting global food security, resilience and nutrition could make hunger history, President Obama said Wednesday during the White House Summit on Global Development. The Global Food Security Act of 2016, which the president signed before attending the summit, determined it is in the U.S. national security interest to accelerate growth that reduces poverty, hunger and malnutrition.

 

White House Summit on Global Development, YouTube Videos of Panel Discussions and President Obama's Remarks  LinkArrow2.jpg

On July 20, 2016, President Obama hosted the White House Summit on Global Development to recognize the progress that has been made and ensure it continues. The Summit brought together development leaders, public and private sector partners, civil society, diplomats, and entrepreneurs to discuss the progress achieved by the Administration’s approach to development and chart a course forward to continue the progress in the years ahead. There was a series of panel discussions throughout the day that highlighted President Obama's global development initiatives. President Obama gave the closing remarks.

USAID Impact Newsletter highlights the summit.

 

FAO Biotechnologies Symposium. WEBCAST: Facing the challenges of climate change. February 15, 2016 LinkArrow2.jpg 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Symposium includes a talk by Douglas Cook, "Molecular breeding in legumes for resource-poor farmers: Chickpea for Ethiopia and India". 

 

FAO Interview of Douglas Cook, University of California Davis, USA, on February 15, 2016 LinkArrow2.jpg

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations interviewed Professor Cook.  He talks about the importance of wild gene pools for improving crops and a specific project on chickpea in Ethiopia. He also points out what genetic changes in crops can make them more efficient.  

 

Two Florida International University Students Associated with the Chickpea Project Awarded the Botanical Society of America Young Botanist Award LinkArrow2.jpg Published on the Botanical Society of America's website, May, 2016

Botanical Society of America is pleased to announce the recipients of the YOUNG BOTANISTS awards. The purpose of these awards is to offer individual recognition to outstanding graduating seniors in the plant sciences and to encourage their participation in the Botanical Society of America.

 

Harnessing the Power of Crop Wild Relatives for Pulse Improvement LinkArrow2.jpgLandscapes for People, Food and Nature Blog, April 21,2016

Pulses, annual leguminous crops that include lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas, have nutritious value as a low-fat source of protein and fiber. They help to increase soil fertility by virtue of their nitrogen-fixing properties, and generally have a lower water footprint compared to most other protein sources. As valuable as current pulse varieties are, however, it is essential that pulses continue to be improved to become productive and resilient enough to meet the challenges of the 21st century ...

 

We Need a New Green Revolution LinkArrow2.jpg, New York Times

This Op-Ed highlights the successes of the last green revolution and emphasizes the need for additional investments in agricultural research in light of today and tomorrow’s problems.

 

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Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, Released 2015 Reports.

Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, which establishes a foundation for lasting progress against global hunger. Led by USAID, Feed the Future draws on the strengths of agencies across the U.S. Government and leverages resources and efforts with multilateral organizations, NGOs, the private sector, research institutions and other stakeholders to accelerate inclusive agricultural growth.

2015 Feed the Future Results Summary (PDF)
2015 Feed the Future Resource Guide Innovation Labs (PDF)
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Alex Greenspan awarded prestigious Borlaug Fellowship LinkArrow2.jpg

Alex Greenspan was awarded a Borlaug Fellowship to spend 9 months in India surveying the nitrogen-fixing bacterial symbionts of chickpea, to characterize the bacteria at the whole-genome level, and to determine better practices for optimizing nitrogen fixation in Indian chickpea production.

 

President Obama Announces Major Progress Through Feed the Future Initiative LinkArrow2.jpg

President Obama today announced that Feed the Future, his signature global hunger and food security initiative, is delivering on his promise to reduce hunger and malnutrition through agricultural development. New data demonstrate that, thanks in part to Feed the Future and other U.S. Government efforts, stunting rates have declined in Ethiopia, Ghana, and parts of Kenya by between 9 and 33 percent in recent years, while areas in Uganda have seen a 16 percent drop in poverty....

 

U.S. Universities Step Up to Fight Hunger LinkArrow2.jpg

American universities have a rich history of working with the U.S. Government to forge innovative solutions to global hunger. Since 1978, the U.S. Government has supported research programs led by some of the United States’ most prestigious academic institutions in order to help achieve sustained growth in agriculture and reduction in poverty. These programs have also provided long-term degree training in food security-related fields to more than 4,200 students from 130 countries....

 

USAID Sponsored Innovation Lab to Improve Chickpea Production Launched in Ethiopia LinkArrow2.jpg

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the University of California Davis (UC Davis) launched the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate Resilient Chickpeas housed at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR). The 5-year, $4 million genetic research program will create more and stronger varieties of chickpea to increase smallholder farmer productivity....

 

The Small But Mighty Chickpea LinkArrow2.jpg 

With the rapidly expanding world population, food production must increase in tandem. USC Dornsife’s Sergey Nuzhdin is investigating how the humble chickpea may be a solution. Bumping along the dirt roads of rural southeastern Turkey in a battered Jeep, Sergey Nuzhdin and his team of collaborators got an occasional glimpse of the plumes of smoke rising across the border in war-torn Syria....

 

$4 million chickpea project aims to boost nutrition and environmental sustainability LinkArrow2.jpg

A new research effort, designed to improve the productivity of chickpea varieties by harnessing the genetic diversity of wild species, was launched today in Ethiopia through the federal Feed the Future Initiative and under the leadership of the University of California, Davis....

 

USAID Engagement at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference LinkArrow2.jpg

Global food production will need to increase by 60 percent, while facing the challenges of climate change and dwindling environmental resources, to support the estimated world population of 9 billion in 2050. To meet these demands, utilizing the genetic diversity found in crops and livestock will be crucial for the development of future plant varieties and livestock breeds that are climate resilient, disease resistant, and higher yielding...

 

UC Davis helps global team sequence chickpea genome LinkArrow2.jpg

An international team of scientists has sequenced the genome of the chickpea, a critically important crop in many parts of the world, especially for small-farm operators in marginal environments of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, according to an announcement from researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in India....