EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State University researchers are getting $24.5 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development as part of a long-term effort to help developing nations find sustainable and secure food sources.
The East Lansing school announced Monday that funding for the USAID's Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes aims to increase productivity of smaller farmers and enhance diets of the poor in the U.S., Africa and Central America.
The Future Innovation Lab is led by Michigan State University and the funding extends a more than 30-year partnership with USAID on international research. The effort involves a number of researchers, agriculture research institutions and development organizations.
Key areas of study include genetics, plant breeding, soil health, integrated pest management, human nutrition and marketing.