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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture

Background and history: Established in 2009

Video introducing Horticulture CRSP

In 2009, the U.S. Agency for International Development selected the University of California, Davis, to lead an international effort to help developing countries out of poverty through improved marketing and production of high-value horticultural crops. The program was called the Horticulture Collaborative Research Support Program and was funded for a minimum of five years with $14.6 million. Called "Hort CRSP" colloquially, the program supports projects to improve the livelihoods of the world's poor and builds on needs highlighted in the Global Horticulture Assessment (2MB PDF).

The program was originally founded with four partner institutions:

At the time, the program joined nine other Collaborative Research Support Programs across the country, each funded by USAID and led by U.S. university researchers to advance food security, strengthen international agricultural research, and build capacity. The CRSPs were originally created in 1977 under Title XII of the International Development and Food Assistance Act of 1975.

Founding documents:

News from the program's inception:

For more recent history: Please see the About Us page for additional milestones and updates about this program, which is now called the Horticulture Innovation Lab.