Agricultural Innovation Partnership


2011 to 2017


This project strives to improve food availability, nutrition and health in eastern India and Africa while providing opportunities for diversification of income and consequent economic and social advancement of the rural poor and women in particular.
The project aims to strengthen both the agricultural education and extension systems in these institutions by addressing cross-cutting areas, including governance, gender and equity, innovative education programs, and modern information and communication technology.
The major domains of activities for agriculture education include design of new curricula for undergraduate programs, establishment of modern learning and teaching centers, and integration of experiential learning programs with focus on socio-economic themes related to agriculture education. Agriculture extension improvement will focus on capacity building for agricultural extension specialists and adoption of modern extension methodologies and tools for technology transfer appropriate to the region.


This project was developed in response to the mandate of USAID's Feed the Future Program and a call for proposals from this agency. Around 250 million people currently suffer from malnutrition and food availability in the regions where this project is involved. Reforming curriculum and strengthening agricultural institutions should promote food sustainability and improve nutrition and health in both India and Africa.


A consortium of six U.S. land-grant Institutions under the leadership of Cornell have joined with two private sector firms and many state agricultural universities in India and Africa to reform curriculum to meet present day needs in food production and rural development.


Impact of work done in India has been evaluated by USAID. The curriculum in participating institutions has been reformed to make it more market oriented. In Malawi the work is still on-going with good progress in both curriculum and seed improvement to alleviate poverty and hunger.

Submitted by: 

  • Raman, Kandukuri V

Researchers involved: 

  • Raman, Kandukuri V

Organizations involved: 

  • University of California-Davis
  • University of Georgia
  • Tuskegee University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Illinois
  • John Deere

International focus: 

  • Georgia
  • United States of America

United States focus: 

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • New York