Grain Research and Innovation - GRAIN
The Grain Research and Innovation (GRAIN) project was conceived in response to Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s (GIRoA’s) need to build the wheat research capacity of the Ministry and Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL/DAILs) and the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA). The USAID-funded five-year project is being implemented by Michigan State University’s (MSU) Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI). The goals of GRAIN are to: 1) strengthen national and provincial capacity to conduct research on wheat in collaboration with farmers, extension agents, provincial universities, international research centers, the private sector and other stakeholders. The focal points are: agronomic practices, characterization of varieties and plant breeding and reduction of postharvest loss; 2) strengthen human and institutional capacity in agricultural research management leading to improved wheat productivity and quality in the areas of agronomic practices, characterization of varieties and plant breeding and reduction of postharvest loss. This will be accomplished through graduate academic programs as well as through technical training in wheat research skills and; 3) strengthen the capacity of the national agricultural research system to collect, store and analyze data to guide research and policy decisions. Further, this system will facilitate the adoption of innovations resulting from this research by Afghan farmers via both public and private sector entities and ensure that research translates to benefits for the entire wheat value chain.
GRAIN serves as an integral component of the MAIL/ARIA’s Wheat Sector Development Program (WSDP) and is being implemented by the GIRoA through MAIL and the DAILs.