Grain Research and Innovation
The Grain Research and Innovation (GRAIN) project is a five-year Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock initiative aimed at bolstering Afghanistan’s wheat sector. Primary goals include building effective in-country agricultural research capacity to provide wheat producers with the knowledge, inputs and technologies needed to increase yields, reduce postharvest losses, enhance grain nutritional and milling quality, reduce susceptibility to disease, drought and pests, minimize financial risks, and manage and sustain limited natural resources. GRAIN will focus upon building the capacity of Afghan scientific researchers to conduct and manage research on wheat and cereals, setting the stage for development of an in-country wheat research system that responds to the needs of farmers and the private sector.
GRAIN works through the Ministry and Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL/DAIL), and the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA). GRAIN is funded by USAID and implemented by the Michigan State University’s (MSU) Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI), which addresses critical pressures on the worlds food supply by creating, testing and enabling the scaling of solutions.