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CARE and Cornell University:

Partnerships for Sustainable Global Food Security & Women’s Empowerment

Impact through Innovation Fund (IIF)

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CARE and Cornell University are working together in a new collaboration (CARE-Cornell) to create sustainable solutions targeting global concerns, including world hunger and climate change. The effort is focused on the most vulnerable populations, especially women and families.

A kick-off event to launch the new collaboration merging CARE’s expertise in development with Cornell researchers' cutting-edge science was held on April 17, 2012 in Washington, D.C. For more information, read the press release and see the agenda.

The Impact through Innovation Fund was created to stimulate new, joint pilot research and outreach efforts that demonstrate a concept and apply recent ad­vances in engineering and the natural and social sciences to solve sustainable development challenges globally. It is made possible by generous grants to CARE and Cornell from David and Patricia Atkinson.

CARE-Cornell Launch Details

CARE and Cornell University extend our gratitude to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for hosting the celebration of our launch on April 17.

Poster Presenters

  • Garrick Blalock – Ethiopia indigenous biofertilizers value chains IIF project
  • Louise Buck – Global work with Ecoagriculture Partners and CARE on a global agricultural review linking sustainable production, livelihood and ecosystem management dimensions of rural development for the poor
  • Nathan Jensen – Ethiopia index-based livestock insurance as a complement to pastoralists’ climate change adaptation
  • Johannes Lehmann – Vietnam biochar and cookstoves project
  • Erin Lentz – U.S. food aid policy research and advocacy work
  • Dawit Solomon – Sierra Leone conservation agriculture, agroforestry, and biochar project
  • Alex Travis – Zambia work on conservation agriculture and poultry disease control with CARE and COMACO
  • Monroe Weber-Shirk – Honduras clean water work with AguaClara
  • Martin Weidmann – Zambia work on post-harvest value addition (food safety, processing, and preservation of post-harvest surpluses) with CARE and COMACO
  • Sera Young – Mozambique IIF on performance-based incentives for health workers in preventing maternal-to-child transmission of HIV