Academic Venture Fund - 2014

Healthy Soil + Fertile Land + Food Security

African woman in field

Rural farmers in southeast Africa often meet an immediate need to feed their families at the expense of long-term ecosystem and soil health. Climate change ups the ante by making successful farming more difficult. Tested sustainable agriculture practices can help smallholder farmers create a more stable and healthy food supply in the face of climate change. This multidisciplinary team will work alongside farmers and communities to build a culturally appropriate curriculum around climate change, agroecology, child nutrition, and social equity. The collaborative program will improve food security and nutrition, increase soil health, and build healthy, resilient rural communities.

Investigators: Rachel Bezner Kerr, Laurie Drinkwater, David Wolfe, Sera Young