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Prospective Proposal to USAID on Critical Issues in Contemporary Agrarian and Rural Development HOSTS: Chris Barrett, Alex Travis, Wendy Wolford
 

Summary: Prospective Proposal to USAID on Critical Issues in Contemporary Agrarian and Rural Development
HOSTS: Chris Barrett, Alex Travis, Wendy Wolford
February 8, 2012
We would like to bring together people interested in discussing a proposal to create a USAID-funded
university center dedicated to tackling the most critical issues in contemporary agrarian and rural
development.
USAID has released a draft RFA for University Engagement Through Higher Education Institutions. The
Office of Science & Technology in the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning seeks to establish a
network of centers that will improve the Agency's, as well as the larger development community's,
ability to define and solve large development challenges. This initiative would support the creation of a
single university center or consortium that harnesses the intellectual power of faculty, students, and
staff in academic institutions, including institutions in the developing world, to partner with USAID in
order to enhance evidence-based analysis and test new solutions, to champion and incubate creative
approaches to accelerate solutions to traditional development challenges, and to encourage universities
to assist in addressing development problems through sustainable, creative, multidisciplinary
approaches. This is clearly an interdisciplinary endeavor.
We think that there is a wide range of relevant people and programs on campus, some of which the
Atkinson Center has helped to fund, from the Food Systems and Poverty Reduction IGERT funded by
NSF, to work on biochar, village-scale liquid fuels, mycotoxin control, the development of the Cornell
Agrarian Index, smallholder value chains, nonfarm rural enterprise development, market-based

  

Source: Angenent, Lars T. - Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

 

Collections: Renewable Energy; Engineering