Graduate student Carrie Teiken examines a citrus tree with volunteers and farmers while working with an organization in Uganda on a Trellis project. See more photos from the Horticulture Innovation Lab's Trellis projects by browsing below or by visiting our Trellis Fund album on Flickr.
Browse photos from Horticulture Innovation Lab Trellis projects.
The Horticulture Innovation Lab's Trellis Fund
Engaging U.S. graduate students in international development
The Horticulture Innovation Lab's Trellis Fund provides small-scale, in-country development organizations access to U.S. graduate student expertise, providing benefits to both the student and the in-country institutions. Trellis Fund projects may address irrigation, fertilization, other aspects of production, pest management, postharvest practices, nutrition, or marketing issues in relation to fruits, vegetables and high-value horticultural crops.
The Horticulture Innovation Lab awarded its fourth round of Trellis Fund projects in January 2015, to organizations in nine countries with grad students from three universities.
Listed below are the current Trellis Fund projects, by country with the lead organization's name, student's information and a basic project description. A new process in this round of Trellis means that several projects were proposed as "concept notes" and will first go through a proposal development process with students, before potentially being funded as full "technical projects."
- Ghana: Kayaba Management Foundation
Dev Paudel, University of Florida
This concept note is focused on building capacity for postharvest-related research.
- Ghana: Tip Top Foods, Ltd.
Gabe LaHue, UC Davis
This concept note is focused on sweet potato cultivation, comparing the use of vines to slips for planting.
- Ghana: Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Jason Tsichlis, UC Davis
This technical project focuses on moringa, with demonstration plots and training in both production and processing.
- Ghana: Samsford Enterprises
Libby Rens, University of Florida
This technical project will promote pepper and okra production to smallholder farmers, through trainings and a demonstration garden.
- Mali: Rural Polytechnic Institute of Training and Applied Research (IPR/IFRA)
Mark Felice, UC Davis
This technical project will train pepper farmers in postharvest handling and processing techniques.
- Zambia: Tikondane Community Centre
Miguel Macias González, UC Davis
This concept note is focused on seed storage and solar drying fruits and vegetables.
- Malawi: Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology
Deirdre Griffin, UC Davis
This technical project will provide soil science workshops and simple soil testing to farmers in the Khundi village.
- Kenya: Development in Gardening
Belinda Richardson, UC Davis
This technical project will train farmers in western Kenya’s Migori district to grow for markets, pilot an aggregation service and open an organic produce market stall.
- Kenya: African Pride Centre
Weiyuan Zhu, UC Davis
This technical project will promote sweet potato production and marketing around the Emuhaya district.
- Ethiopia: Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management
Emily Gousen, UC Davis
This concept note is focused on reducing postharvest losses for fruit and vegetable crops at markets in Addis Ababa.
- Nepal: Center for Agricultural Research and Development Nepal
Samuel McGowen, North Carolina State University
This technical project will train vegetable farmers in pesticide safety information and pesticide handling in the Chitwan district.
- Bangladesh: PRIDE
Brittany Pierce, UC Davis
This concept note is focused on integrated pest management and safe pesticide handling for farmers who grow cucurbits and eggplants.
- Bangladesh: Regional Center at Kasetsart University
Macarena Farcuh, UC Davis
This technical project will support postharvest training for smallholder farmers in Bangladesh, with faculty from Thailand’s Kasetsart University and the Horticulture Innovation Lab’s Regional Center.
- Guatemala: Iglesia Luterano Augustina de Guatemala
Brandon Louie, UC Davis
This concept note is focused on teaching basic vegetable gardening skills to women in Cimientos, a remote village of former refugees.
The Horticulture Innovation Lab has completed three rounds of Trellis Fund projects so far. Accomplishments from the first 23 completed Trellis projects include:
- 184 training and extension meetings
- 3,865 farmer participants (71% women)
- 116 demonstration plots
This information will be updated, once results from the most recent projects has been analyzed.
Most recent 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.
Photos collected from student trips for Trellis projects are available in our Trellis album on Flickr.
Please note: The deadline to submit projects for this round has passed. We will update this page when future rounds of Trellis funding become available, or you may want to sign up for our email list to make sure you receive a notification in your Inbox. Text and documents below are provided for information only.
- Organizational proposals or applications due: Sept. 15, 2014
- Organizational funding decisions: Nov.3, 2014
- Funding available to organizations: March 1, 2015
- Projects completed by: Dec. 31, 2015
Organizations in Feed the Future countries are invited to identify a horticultural problem facing local farmers and the type of expertise they seek in a U.S. graduate student. Organizations that have not already been funded by Trellis will receive priority. Organizations with a staff of 50 or fewer will also receive priority.
New in 2014: Two types of Trellis funding are available for organizations to consider. Please read carefully to determine which type of Trellis funding your organization should apply for. This flowchart (.pdf) also provides a basic overview of how the two application and selection processes will work.
For Technical Trellis Proposals, the organization will submit a full project proposal, including intended objectives, activities, gender program and a $2,000 budget for consideration. Successful applicants will be paired with a U.S. graduate student with relevant technical expertise. Directions for Technical Trellis Proposals:
- Request for Technical Trellis Proposals (.pdf) This includes application instructions. Please note that there is not an application form for this track.
- Budget and Activities Template for Technical Trellis Proposals (.xls)
For Project Development Concept Notes, the organization will submit a much briefer concept note detailing the horticultural problem for which they would like U.S. graduate student assistance in developing a full proposal. These full proposals will then be evaluated, and successful proposals will be funded. Project development concept notes are aimed at organizations that want to build their capacity in grant writing and project development. Directions and application materials for Project Development Concept Notes:
- Request for Project Development Concept Notes (.pdf)
- Project Development Concept Note Application Form (.pdf) This application form is required for this track.
- Budget Template for Concept Note (.xls)
Questions about the proposal and application process should be directed to TrellisFund@gmail.com.
Please note: The deadline to submit student applications to participate in Trellis Fund projects this round has passed. We will update this page when future rounds of Trellis funding become available, or you may want to sign up for our email list to make sure you receive a notification in your Inbox. Text and documents below are provided for information only.
Graduate students at the Horticulture Innovation Lab's partner institutions are invited to apply to participate in Trellis Fund projects: UC Davis, North Carolina State University, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and University of Florida. Foreign students enrolled at the participating universities may be eligible to participate in Trellis projects, depending on visa type. Please email TrellisFund@gmail.com with questions.
- Application deadline: Dec. 3, 2014
- Student application notifications sent: Late December 2014
- Organization-student matching completed: February 15, 2014
For additional details of this round's student application process, please see:
- Applications directions (PDF) for more details on how to apply
- Project descriptions (PDF) to select your priority projects
Questions about this process can be directed to TrellisFund@gmail.com.
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.