International Projects and Engagement

Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development (CIIFAD), with partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America, initiates and supports innovative programs that contribute to improved prospects for global food security, sustainable rural development and environmental conservation around the world.

Learn more about CIIFAD’s current projects: 


Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Team
The (SMART) Program brings together teams of students and faculty from diverse disciplines and pairs them with firms, organizations, or community groups located in developing countries.


Training Smallholder Apple Farmers in China for Sustainable Production and Domestic Market Access​
The  project combines the efforts of faculty from Cornell  and UC Davis, with funding from the Walmart Foundation, to train 200,000 smallholder apple farmers in China, half of whom will be women.


The African Seed Access Index 
The African Seed Access Index (TASAI) monitors the development and competitiveness of national seed sectors in Africa. 


The Asia Executive Agribusiness Management Program
The Asia Executive Agribusiness Management Program was created through a collaboration of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) and the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) to assist with  the challenges  faced by executives and managers of agribusiness companies in Asia.


The Tang Cornell-China Scholars Program
The Tang Cornell-China Scholars Program aims to enhance scientific and technological collaboration throughout the world by developing cooperative relationships between the best scholars at the thresholds of their careers and established research and education leaders at Cornell University.


South African Agricultural Professional Fellowship
SAAPF provides training, support and networking opportunities for South Africa’s young agricultural professionals working in the areas of land reform, agricultural trade, agribusiness development, management, policy, and marketing