Congressman John Garamendi

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Garamendi Congratulates UC Davis on New Mission and Funding to Reduce World Hunger

October 30, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) today congratulated the University of California at Davis for being selected as one of ten new Feed the Future Innovation Labs to increase global food security and help smallholder farmers boost incomes and improve nutrition. These Innovation Labs draw on the expertise of top research institutions in the U.S. and developing countries, and will tackle some of the world’s most challenging agricultural research problems. The U.S. university-led Innovation Labs are central to advancing novel solutions in support of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

“As the best agricultural research university on the planet, UC Davis continues to change the world for the better. I’m honored to represent researchers and students who are working to end global hunger,” said Congressman Garamendi. “As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, I know that a little bit of help goes a long way in the developing world. When the United States extends a helping hand, we change hearts and minds, save lives, and ultimately create a safer and more peaceful world. I’m proud to support UC Davis in their important research mission.”

Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women, Feed the Future supports partner countries in developing their agriculture sectors to spur economic growth and trade that increases incomes and reduces hunger, poverty and undernutrition. More information is available at https://www.feedthefuture.gov.

The new labs are part of the Feed the Future Food Security Innovation Center, launched in 2012 to support innovative research aimed at transforming agricultural production systems through “sustainable intensification” – or producing more food in an environmentally sensitive manner – ensuring access to nutritious and safe foods, creating enabling and supportive policies, and addressing the emerging challenges of climate change and natural resource scarcity. The newest additions include:

  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry, led by the University of California at Davis;
  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Beans, led by Pennsylvania State University;
  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Cowpea, led by the University of California at Riverside;
  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Sorghum, led by the University of Georgia;
  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics, led by Kansas State University;
  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Rift Valley Fever Control in Agriculture, led by the University of Texas at El Paso;
  • The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-scale Irrigation, led by Texas A&M University; and
  • Three universities to be announced.

These new research labs join the recently announced Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum & Millet led by Kansas State University and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy led by Michigan State University, as well as a number of other Innovation Labs representing the breadth and diversity of U.S. university agricultural research programs.

Congressman Garamendi has been a vocal champion for research and development in agriculture and other fields. To find out more, go to https://garamendi.house.gov/issue/science-and-technology.