Trellis Fund

Brad Reil, UH Manoa student (green shirt), and Aggrey Ntakimanye with the National Forestry Resources Research Institute (white shirt) discuss fruit fly larvae on a fallen mango with farmers in Uganda during a Trellis Fund project led by NaFORRI. 

Connecting local organizations with student agricultural expertise

The Trellis Fund connects organizations in developing countries with U.S. graduate students from Horticulture Innovation Lab partner institutions 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 accomplishments

The Horticulture Innovation Lab has completed five rounds of Trellis Fund projects so far. Accomplishments from the first 55 completed Trellis projects include:

  • 8,405 farmer participants
  • (66% women)
  • 230 demonstration plots
  • 268 training and extension meetings

What's happening with the Trellis Fund now

Currently our sixth round of Trellis Fund projects are getting started and will continue throughout 2018.

In 2018, the Horticulture Innovation Lab announced 15 new Trellis Fund projects led by organizations in Africa and Asia, matched with 16 graduate students from U.S. universities. Read the announcement: "New projects in Africa and Asia to help fruit and vegetable farmers, with a little help from U.S. university students"

We anticipate the next opportunity to apply for Trellis Fund grants will take place in late 2019 at the earliest. Please stay tuned for updates from the current Trellis Fund projects as they progress throughout 2018!

The list of projects below is also available as a Trellis Fund fact sheet.

Current Trellis Projects (Round 6)