Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture

Who We Are


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.

Management Entity team

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.

Regional Hub Organizations

The Regional Hub Organization serves as a host for the Regional Hub Manager both in terms of providing an office space and as employer of the Regional Hub Manager. Regional Hubs, at the institutional level, are geographically and operationally established in a way that facilitates the networking capacity of the Regional Hub Manager. The Regional Hub Organizations are:

  1. West Africa: University of Ghana
  2. East Africa: International Center for Evaluation and Development
  3. Central America: Zamorano University
  4. South Asia: FORWARD Nepal

Regional Hub Managers

In each Regional Hub there is a designated Regional Hub Manager (or team) that coordinates and monitors projects and trainings, introduces and advocates for new innovations, as well as cultivates in-country networks including USAID mission relationships. Across all regions, the Regional Hub Managers are tasked and supported to not only engage in the field with implementers, but also engage with stakeholders or end-users to collect insights into the effectiveness and progress of research. Ultimately, the Regional Hub Managers are the on-the-ground representatives of the Horticulture Innovation Lab.

  1. West Africa:

  2. East Africa

  3. Central America

  4. South Asia

Consortium organizations

With UC Davis as the lead, the Consortium includes Florida A&M, Michigan State University (MSU), Texas A&M, the World Vegetable Center (World Veg), Janelle Larson from Pennsylvania State University, Making Cents International (MCI), the Institute for Global Nutrition (IGN) at UC Davis, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC).

International Advisory Board

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.

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