15 projects


The project seeks to understand the determinants and dynamics of rural to urban migration in contemporary Ethiopia.

2013 to 2015

The project seeks to sustainably graduate at least 50,000 food insecure households in four regions in Ethiopia. The aim is is to enhance the capacity of smallholders to withstand social and environmental shocks and improve their productivity.

2009 to 2012

The purpose of this project is to prepare a synthetic report on large-scale land acquisitions in Africa and their potential implications for food sovereignty, sustainable development, and democratic governance in the continent.

2008 to 2009

Executive education programs provide strategic and financial benefits to both the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and CALS. Executive education programs have contributed in excess of $2.5 million to the operations of the Food Industry Management Program (FIMP) for the period 2001-2009. Moreover, the impact of these programs extends well beyond FIMP to help create the virtuous cycle of outreach, teaching, and research that exists in the undergraduate program in the Dyson School.

2008 to 2010

We oversee coordination of subcontracted partner institutions on various continents to screen wheat germplasm for resistance to the Ug99 race of black stem rust, discover and deploy new sources of genetic resistance through varietal development, and the multiplication and popularization of these durably resistant varieties to the benefit of small shareholder farmers and urban poor in developing countries of the world.


In the midst of a drought-induced food crisis affecting millions in the Horn of Africa, an innovative Cornell-developed insurance program for poor livestock keepers made its first payouts Oct. 21, 2011, providing compensation to insured herders in northern Kenya’s vast Marsabit District who lost up to a third of their animals in a devastating drought. Known as Index Based Livestock Insurance, or IBLI, payouts are triggered when satellite images show that grazing lands in the region have deteriorated to the point that herders are expected to lose more than 15 percent of their herd.

2007 to 2010

The McKnight Foundation has provided long-term grant support to the Ethiopian Agriculture Research Organization and Cornell to help develop the resources necessary for tef to benefit from the revolution in biotechnology. Comparative mapping combined with our recent trait mapping research has now positioned us to help our Ethiopian collaborators implement marker assisted breeding to enhance the rate of tef improvement.


eClips is a digital database of 10,000 clips and more than 40 podcasts, focused on entrepreneurship, business, and leadership. The material is based on hundreds of in-depth interviews as well as business presentations. eClips makes it possible for business people (including small business owners and entrepreneurs), educators, and students to find targeted and focused information, because it is organized by entrepreneur, company, demographics, topics, and keywords.


Led by Dr. Peter Gregory of Cornell University, an agricultural biotechnology strategy was developed for, and adopted by, the East and Central African region. This work was conducted under the auspices of the Cornell/USAID Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II (ABSPII) in close collaboration with the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) and their ten member countries. The strategy embraces both crops and livestock and includes a wide range of technologies.


The Cornell Ecoagriculture Working Group (EWG) in concert with Ecoagriculture Partners, an international nongovernmental organization, and a steering committee of 20 science, conservation, and rural development organizations has created the Landscape Measures Resource Center (LMRC) with support from four donors.