The Horticulture Innovation Lab's Trellis Fund
PRIDE in Bangladesh worked with graduate student Brittany Pierce on a Trellis project about pest management. See more photos from the Horticulture Innovation Lab's Trellis projects by visiting our Trellis Fund album on Flickr.
Browse photos from Horticulture Innovation Lab Trellis projects (photo slideshow on Flickr).
Supporting local organizations with student agricultural expertise
The Trellis Fund connects organizations in developing countries with U.S. graduate students who have agricultural expertise, generating benefits for both the students and the in-country institutions. Together, they collaborate on short-term projects to address horticultural challenges faced by local farmers. Trellis Fund projects may address horticultural crop production, irrigation, plant nutrition, pest management, postharvest practices, or marketing issues in relation to fruits, vegetables and high-value horticultural crops.
The Horticulture Innovation Lab invites graduate students to participate in new Trellis Fund projects. Selected students will work remotely with an organization as consultants on projects for a minimum of 100 hours and also travel for approximately 2 weeks of in-country work. Students will be provided air travel; reimbursement for lodging, visas and vaccines; and a $300 fellowship upon completion.
Students from the Horticulture Innovation Lab's four partner institutions are eligible to apply:
- UC Davis
- North Carolina State University
- University of Florida
- University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Application basics: Students submit a CV and a 300-word statement of interest for each Trellis Fund project they are interested in, up to two projects maximum. Email applications to TrellisFund@ucdavis.edu by Nov. 4, 2016. Please see complete directions and desired qualifications for each project:
Please share this opportunity with graduate students who might be interested. This information is also available on our blog, Grad students: Apply for international ag experience with Trellis Fund.
For additional questions, please contact TrellisFund@ucdavis.edu.
Nine new Trellis Fund projects have been awarded, see basic details below. This information is also available as an announcement on our blog and/or as a printable Trellis Fund fact sheet (PDF). Graduate student recruitment is under way for these six-month projects, which will take place during the 2017 calendar year:
- Ghana: Improving tomato production through good agronomic practices
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) - Crops Research Institute
- Ghana: Home-based processing and marketing of mango fruits
Methodist University College Ghana (MUCG)
- Kenya: Improving food production by adopting best pest management methods
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS)
- Kenya: Increasing Irish potato productivity through traditional and mobile information extension
Growing Star Agri Ventures
- Uganda: Fruit fly management information and practice for mangoes
National Forestry Resources Research Institute (NaFORRI)
- Uganda: Enhancing postharvest handling methods and creation of market linkages for small holder fruit and vegetable farmers
Ndibwami Integrated Rescue Project (NIRP)
- Cambodia: Training of trainers for curriculum on water management, climate resiliency, and soil quality in school vegetable gardens
Green Shoots Foundation in partnership with Community-based Integrated Development Organization (CIDO)
- Nepal: Extending shelf-life and quality of vegetables through construction of cost-effective storage unit for marketing purpose
Himalayan Pearl Enterprise (HPE)
- Nepal: Integrated nutrient and pest management for improving sustainability of small-holder farming
Center for Agricultural Research and Development (CARD-Nepal)
Trellis blog posts
Browse all recent blog posts about the Trellis Fund, or read some of the featured stories below.
One of the first organizations to receive funding from the Trellis Fund in 2010 wrote a note of thanks in 2016, explaining how this seed funding helped their organization. Read...
A closer look at a project led by an organization in Ghana with a student from the University of Florida, expanding statistical analysis capacities of young scientists. Read...
The Davis community newspaper profiled the experiences of three UC Davis students working on Trellis Fund projects in Bangladesh, Malawi and Kenya. Read...
The Horticulture Innovation Lab has completed four rounds of Trellis Fund projects so far. Accomplishments from the first 47 completed Trellis projects include:
- 7,396 farmer participants (69% women)
- 219 demonstration plots
- 238 training and extension meetings
Photos collected from student trips for Trellis projects are available in our Trellis album on Flickr.
Past Trellis Fund projects
Fourth round of projects: In 2015, the Horticulture Innovation Lab awarded its fourth round of Trellis Fund projects. A press release is available about the students selected to support these projects. A 2014-2015 Trellis fact sheet (PDF) also describes the Trellis Fund and lists current projects. The Davis Enterprise newspaper wrote an article about three UC Davis students' experiences with Trellis projects: "Global insights: Trellis students work abroad."
Third round of projects: In the third round, 2013-2014 Trellis projects (PDF) included 14 projects in 9 countries. Initially, 13 new projects were announced and later an additional 14th project was awarded after USAID resumed its agricultural work in Mali. More details are available in a fact sheet (PDF) and press release. An article in CA&ES Outlook magazine also profiled a UC Davis student's experience in Bangladesh with a Trellis project.
Second round: See more details about the second round of projects on the 2012-2013 fact sheet (PDF), or read the press release announcing the awards. Student participants from this round also shared their experiences in a press release promoting the third call for applications and in a related newsletter article.
Please note: We are not currently seeking project proposals from organizations for Trellis. The most recent deadline was Jan. 18, 2016. The documents and other details below are for information only. If you would like to make sure to hear of our next call for project proposals, you may want to consider signing up for our email list.
Organizations in developing countries are invited to submit a project proposal that addresses a horticultural problem facing local farmers, which would also include the involvement of a graduate student consultant. The maximum funding available for each project is $2,000, with funding available for 15 projects. The deadline to submit proposals is Jan. 18, 2016.
Proposals from organizations in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia will be considered. Organizations with 50 or fewer staff members will receive priority. Please note that proposals may be declined due to security concerns.
A complete project proposal will include intended objectives, activities, graduate student engagement, gender program, a plan for monitoring and evaluation, staff resumes, and a $2,000 budget for consideration. Successful applicants will be paired with a U.S. graduate student with relevant technical expertise.
- Project proposals due: Jan. 18, 2016
- Funding decisions by: April 29, 2016
- Funding available: Jan. 1, 2017
- Six-month projects must be completed by: Dec. 31, 2017
Directions and documents:
Questions? Contact TrellisFund@ucdavis.edu with questions about the proposal process.
Resources for current Trellis students
Looking for forms for travel or reimbursement? Here is our information for Trellis students who are currently participating in these projects.