What we do
Agriculture & Food Security
Creating sustainable solutions for development
Poverty, malnutrition, and hunger continue to be a pressing challenge for countries around the world.
As the world’s population approaches 8 billion, there is an urgent need to create sustainable, cost-effective solutions that empower communities to meet their nutritional needs and create wealth through integration into market systems.
For the past 22 years, CRDF Global has partnered with the private sector, local and international organizations, research institutions, and governments to find impactful solutions to poverty, malnutrition, water and sanitation, and sustained economic growth.
CRDF Global has delivered technical assistance for over 20 years to support the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USAID, and other USG development programming.
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Through our portfolio of U.S. government- and privately-funded programs, CRDF Global, supports the identification and development of localized, commercially viable innovations. For more than 15 years, we have implemented technology transfer and entrepreneurship programs to facilitate patents, licenses, marketing, investments, and other elements critical to successful technology R&D and market entry.
CRDF Global designs and implements agribusiness support activities that provide entrepreneurs with access to personalized business development assistance through training, mentorship, networking, competitively awarded grants, and linkages with potential partners/investors in order to enhance their potential for commercial success. We also utilize online learning and collaboration tools to facilitate the ongoing development of program beneficiaries’ entrepreneurial skills and networks.
Utilizing our extensive experience with agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, CRDF Global delivers customized training and consulting interventions, designs international study tours and fellowships, and provides collaborative science, technology, and research grants to strengthen global engagement.
CRDF Global implements targeted capacity development and lab systems strengthening support through activities such as institutional gap analyses, facilitation of scientific training and research initiatives, and monitoring and evaluation. We strengthen security capacities at laboratories by designing and implementing surveillance systems, risk detection and mitigation, lab enhancement, workforce support, and curriculum development.
We partner with governments and research institutions to strengthen systems to detect and reduce the risk of zoonotic disease spillover and spread, using a One Health approach to improve early warning, timely data sharing, laboratory testing, and joint outbreak response capacities across the human health, animal health, environment, and wildlife sectors.
CRDF Global implements a broad range of collaborative research programs, fellowships, and faculty-to-faculty partnerships to advance the global research base on agriculture, nutrition, agriculture technology, agriculture supply chain analysis, and other critical topics.
Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP)
In Ukraine, CRDF Global’s Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) has incubated, accelerated, and scaled a wide range of agribusinesses. One of our biggest success stories is support for Kray Technology, which provides drone-based crop protection applications. With the help of support services by CRDF Global, in September 2017, a new model of the Kray Protection UAS was developed and introduced during TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, resulting in rapid company expansion.
Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Food Security
In 2020, CRDF Global secured a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture that led to our organizing the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility’s (NBAF) first Scientific Symposium. Over the span of five days, experts presented research on disease prevention efforts and global responses to food security threats such as African swine fever and foot and mouth disease. The virtual presentations and moderated roundtable discussions centered on viral disease pathogenesis, next-generation diagnostics and vaccines, epidemiology and disease ecology, and emergency response and research. More than 1,000 people from government agencies, universities, research institutions, and NGOs from 39 countries registered for the event.