A Focus on Forgotten Crops

UC Davis is partnering in a global plant-breeding consortium fighting malnutrition and poverty in Africa by improving the continent’s traditional crops. The African Orphan Crop Consortium — conceived by Howard Shapiro, a senior fellow at UC Davis and the chief agricultural officer at Mars Inc. —  is making great strides in its ambitious attempt to…

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New Organic Plant Breeding Effort to Produce Novel Varieties and Train New Breeders

A new effort to provide California growers with seeds for tomato, bean, pepper and other crop varieties that are specially bred for organic farming has been launched at UC Davis. The organic plant-breeding project was developed in direct response to California organic growers, who have reported that the scarcity of seeds for cultivars that meet…

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UC Davis and Pakistan Launch $17 Million Food and Agricultural Partnership

The launch of a $17 million collaborative project linking UC Davis and Pakistan’s leading agricultural university was celebrated today at UC Davis, which will receive $10 million of the funds. The new U.S.–Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, will make it possible for…

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How the Mechanical Tomato Harvester Prompted the Food Movement

[UC Davis alumna Ildi Carlisle-Cummins writes about the evolution of California’s food movement.] From Ketchup to California Cuisine: How the Mechanical Tomato Harvester Prompted Today’s Food Movement by Ildi Carlisle-Cummins July 15, 2015 reprinted from Civil Eats (with permission) When you think of California cuisine, do you imagine baby lettuces doused in olive oil, and…

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New Center: Tools, Equipment, and Crops for Smallholder Farms in Developing Countries

[A new outdoor center, part of the Horticulture Innovation Lab at UC Davis, demonstrates tools used to help smallholder farmers in developing countries. There are African and Asian vegetables in raised beds, a solar-powered coldroom, a brick cooler, some solar dryers, and more.] Outdoor Center Displays Tools, Equipment, and Crops for Smallholder Farmers in Developing…

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