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Purdue's Collaborative Research Support Program Portfolio

Collaborative Research Support Programs (CRSPs) focus the capabilities of U.S. land grant universities to carry out the international food and agricultural research mandate of the U.S. Government. The CRSPs are funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), as well as collaborating organizations in the U.S. and collaborating countries. These collaborative agricultural research and agribusiness support programs benefit both the United States and developing/transitional countries with which the United States collaborates.

Purdue's CRSP portfolio includes 6 projects:

Global Nutrition

The Nutrition CRSP aims to discover the most effective approaches to improving child nutrition outcomes at scale. This effort is motivated by continued widespread child malnutrition, particularly in Asia and Africa. Despite much rhetoric about how various interventions in agriculture and public health might improve child nutrition, there is still limited empirical evidence of the kinds of actions that bring the greatest improvements on the largest scale. How can effective projects grow, moving to scale from community-level interventions to national programs and policies? What kind of strategic actions are needed, where and by whom?

Jerry Shively:;

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Purdue's College of Agriculture has been a partner with Virginia Tech, Management Entity, in the Integrated Pest Management Collaborative Research Support Program (IPM CRSP) for the past 15 years. Faculty from the Departments of Agricultural Economics, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Entomology and Botany and Plant Pathology have been involved in IPM efforts in Latin America (Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador), Bangladesh and West Africa (Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, Benin, and Togo).

Steve Weller:;

Sorghum, Millet and Other Grains (INTSORMIL)

INTSORMIL is a multi-University project sponsored by USAID to support research to increase the productivity of sorghum and millet. The regional focus has been on Sub Saharan Africa and Central America. Most INTSORMIL scientists are also engaged in the research programs of their own state so there are also domestic benefits. Four focus areas include: Breeding Sorghum for Improved Resistance to Striga and Drought in Africa; Product and Market Development for Sorghum and Pearl Millet in West Africa; Developing Sorghum with Improved Grain Quality, Agronomic Performance, and Resistance to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses; Development of the Input and Product Markets in West Africa for Sorghum and Millet

For more information:
Breeding Sorghum: Gebisa Ejeta:
Product and Market Development: Bruce Hamaker:
Developing Sorghum with Improved Grain Quality: Mitch Tuinstra:
Development of the Input and Product Markets: John Sanders:

Aquaculture & Fisheries

Improving Competitiveness of African Aquaculture Through Capacity Building, Improved Technology, and Management of Supply Chain and Natural Resources

The project involves five separate studies at 3 US institutions and 3 African universities. The overall objective is to develop an agribusiness-focused aquaculture in sub-Saharan Africa through physical and human capacity development; new and better technology of fish production; growth of a whole chain of activities from farm to the consumer; better management of the natural resources; and increased profitability of fish production at the farm level.

Kwamena Quagrainie:


The goals of the Peanut CRSP are to explore the effects of peanuts, their sensory properties (sweet versus salty) and components (oil, flour, butter, whole nut)on the glycemic response; to explore the effects of nuts on energy regulatory systems; and to develop a better understanding of how different segments of the population may choose to include peanuts and peanut products in their diet and how to optimize chronic consumption should provide insights for better marketing and increased sales and health.

Richard Mattes:

Sustainable Agriculture & Natural Resource Management (SANREM)

The Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program (SANREM CRSP) vision is to support people in developing countries making important decisions about sustainable agriculture and natural resource management (SA and NRM). We do this by providing access to data, knowledge, tools, and methods of analysis; and by enhancing their capacity to make better decisions to improve livelihoods and the sustainability of natural resources.

Jerry Shively:;