- Applications due Feb. 15
The previous cycle is closed:
- Prior Call for proposals
- Applications due in the Spring
The CARE-Cornell collaboration advances sustainable solutions to world problems, including hunger, maternal and infant health, and climate change. This collaboration unites Cornell's leading scientists in sustainability and CARE USA's professional staff in 70+ nations on a singular mission to address the most urgent needs of women, families, and communities in the developing world.
Impact through Innovation Fund (IIF) seed funding connects Cornell research teams with CARE staff on the ground in communities around the world. By working together, CARE-Cornell teams are breaking down social, economic, and technological barriers to improve global standards of living. The fund also supports project development grants to bring together Cornell and CARE people to explore potential collaborations.
Improving health outcomes in Peruvian highlands with sustainable agriculture, and more.
The Role of Andean Indigenous Crops in Climate Adaptation and Food Security in Central Peru (IIF proposal)
Economist David Lee will collaborate with CARE staff in Peru’s Mantaro River Valley. The project team will work closely with families in eight villages to assess how indigenous Andean crops can improve food security and help poor rural communities adapt to climate change.
Achieving “Nexus Development”: Addressing Challenges to Small-Scale Farming in the Argoba Woreda, Ethiopia (IIF proposal)
Soil and water resources expert Tammo Steenhuis will work with CARE staff in Ethiopia’s northeastern highlands. The project team will develop integrated agricultural development and conservation strategies to promote water, food, and energy security and empower rural women and smallholder farmers.
Disaster preparedness in Benin, and more.
Toward Resilient Pastoral Communities: How Mobility Mapping Supports Rangeland (IIF PDG)
Mobile herders in Borana, Ethiopia, face increasingly severe and frequent droughts caused by climate change, as well as socioecological challenges including governance structures and competing land uses. This team will design rangeland management strategies that take into account how pastoral mobility contributes to the ecological health of the landscape.
Co-PIs: Stephen DeGloria (Crop and Soil Sciences), Christopher Barrett (Applied Economics and Management), Olga Petryniak (CARE-Ethiopia)
Disaster Preparedness and Reducing Postharvest Losses along the Oueme River (IIF PDG)
In some areas of the Oueme River valley in southern Benin, cyclical floods are part of normal agricultural planning, yet locals need to minimize the consequences of extreme rising waters, including damage to food stored in local granaries. This team will analyze each commodity’s production, postharvest handling, and marketing system to identify appropriate strategies for reducing postharvest losses.
Co-PIs: Christopher Watkins (Horticulture), Bonaventure Nzavugambonyimana (CARE Benin/Togo)
One Health for Babies and Livestock: Preventing Fecal Exposure and Environmental Enteropathy (IIF Full Proposal)
Malnourished children usually suffer from environmental enteropathy—damage to the intestines caused by chronic exposure to bacterial pathogens from feces. This team will identify strategies for smallholder farmers to protect children’s growth and development by reducing their exposure to livestock manure.
Co-PIs: Rebecca Stoltzfus (Nutritional Sciences), Benjamin Schwartz (CARE USA/Health Equity Unit)
Four IIF Project Development Grants were funded.
Improving and Diversifying Vegetable Crop Production to Develop New Enterprise Opportunities for Smallholder Growers in East Africa (IIF PDG)
This grant supports the development of new CARE-Cornell teams oriented toward the improvement, diversification, and introduction of new vegetable cultivars to support sustainable market opportunities for smallholder growers in Kenya and Tanzania.
Co-PIs: Phillip Griffiths (Horticulture), Sammy Njoroge Maina, (CARE-Nairobi)
Building Capacity and Resilience among Chronically Food Insecure Households in Rural Ethiopia (IIF PDG)
Contributing to CARE's GRAD program to support long-term food security and resilience in Ethiopia, this team is examining what institutional conditions promote household capacity to acquire and maintain sufficient resources in a dynamic and unpredictable social and ecological context.
Co-PIs: Fouad Makki (Development Sociology), John Meyer (CARE-Ethiopia)
Reducing Microbial Exposure among Infants and Young Children as Part of an Integrated Program to Improve Survival, Growth, and Development (IIF PDG)
Building upon Cornell research on the impact of water, sanitation, and hygiene on nutritional outcomes and human development, this team is developing and testing strategies to reduce small children's exposure to fecal contamination. The researchers are focusing on strategies that are acceptable to families and communities, feasible, low-cost, and sustainable, with an eye toward future large-scale implementation and strong measurement.
Co-PIs: Rebecca J. Stoltzfus (Nutritional Sciences), Ben Schwartz (Health Equity Unit, CARE-USA)
Building Community Resilience to Climate Uncertainty and Water Management Challenges in Northwestern Ethiopia (IIF PDG)
This project convenes an interdisciplinary team of researchers that will collaborate on strategies for building resilience to climate change in Ethiopian communities, focusing on the food security, water safety, and socioeconomic consequences of rapidly changing climate and volatile rainfall patterns.
PI: David Wolfe (Horticulture)