Our global research network advances fruit and vegetable innovations, empowering smallholder farmers to earn more income while better nourishing their communities.
The Horticulture Innovation Lab is managed by a team at the University of California, Davis, with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development as part of the U.S. government's Feed the Future initiative. We partner with U.S. universities, international researchers, non-governmental organizations, national agricultural research institutes, private enterprise and foreign universities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Together, we collaborate on horticultural research that improves livelihoods in developing countries.
The Horticulture Innovation Lab is managed by a team at UC Davis. Please see our management team directory for profiles of individuals in the management entity.
At UC Davis, the program is housed within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, in the Department of Plant Sciences, with support from the International Programs Office.
The program is awarded to UC Davis to lead a consortium global experts:
- World Vegetable Center
- Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
- Texas A&M Borlaug Institute
- Michigan State University
- Dr. Janelle Larson at Penn State University (Gender Specialist)
- Dr. Christine Stewart at the Institute of Global Nutrition at UC Davis (Nutrition Specialist)
- Hilary Proctor at Making Cents International (Youth Specialist)
- Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (Scaling Partner)
- International Fertilizer Development Center (Scaling Partner)
The Horticulture Innovation Lab's global research network includes researchers from U.S. universities, international researchers, non-governmental organizations, national agricultural research institutes, private enterprise and foreign universities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The program collaborates with exceptional researchers who have expertise not only in fruit and vegetable production, but also in plant pathology, soil science, sociology, postharvest practices, agricultural education, tropical plants, resource economics, engineering and more. Each of our projects has partners from developing countries, and most projects are led by a principal investigator at a public university in the United States.
Explore our people directory to find profiles of principal investigators and select collaborators for current projects.
The program's advisory board includes a selection of experts from universities, private enterprise, and non-governmental organizations, with a wide selection of geographic representation and subject matter expertise.
Partnership and collaboration are critical to the success of the Horticulture Innovation Lab. Explore our list of partner organizations by continent, to find organizations our program works with now or has worked with in the past. It is important to note that the Horticulture Innovation Lab continues to further strengthen the capacity of its research network by partnering with new collaborators.