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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture

Designing for horticulture development with D-Labs

Project Title: D-Lab and Horticulture Innovation Lab partnership

Target Country: Honduras and Thailand

Principal Investigator: Kurt Kornbluth, D-Lab, Program for International Energy Technologies, UC Davis


Project Description

This project builds on previous activities between the UC Davis D-Lab and the Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Centers in Honduras and Thailand. Innovative horticultural technologies hold potential to aid in reducing poverty, improving nutrition and health, and improving sustainability and profitability of horticulture activities. During the first phase of this project, the international teams established D-Lab curricula at the Panamerican Agricultural School, Zamorano, in Honduras and at Kasetsart University in Thailand to support ongoing innovation processes and to promote design-for-development thinking among future agricultural leaders.

In the current phase, the UC Davis D-Lab team will work with Regional Center teams to improve D-Lab course implementation, refine processes of appropriate technology selection, and build capacity of host-institution instructors to effectively deliver curriculum. The objective will be to provide technical and curriculum support to improve implementation of the D-Lab courses and modules.

The UC Davis D-Lab will also continue to assist the Horticulture Innovation Lab in assessing and augmenting its portfolio of horticulture technologies. Activities will include improving the spreadsheet cost analysis calculator for cold storage systems with the CoolBot. The calculator will be applied to the International Rescue Committee farm in Sacramento and other projects with Horticulture Innovation Lab Regional Center partners. The UC Davis D-Lab team will also establish a low-cost insulation demonstration on the UC Davis campus.

Additionally, the UC Davis D-Lab team will provide guidance and support to Regional Center teams in performing feasibility studies, technical assessment, and design development on horticulture focused projects such as:


This project builds on a previously completed project: