IACC’s current priorities in support of broadening the role of higher education in international development and international agriculture include the following:
FEED THE FUTURE INNOVATION LABORATORIES, FORMERLY COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH SUPPORT PROGRAMS:
The Collaborative Research Support Programs (CRSPs) were created in 1977 to engage the capacities of U.S. universities in addressing the needs of developing nations worldwide while also contributing to U.S. food security and agricultural development. The U.S. Congress made this possible with the passage of the International Development and Food Assistance Act of 1975 and Title XII of the Act in particular.
Title XII of the Act originally authorized the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide program support for long-term collaborative university research and coordinate with other federal and state efforts to maximize the benefits of agricultural development in both the United States and in developing nations. In October 2000, Title XII was reauthorized enabling the continuation of long-term research programs as one of several categories of U.S. university research efforts.
Recently, USAID has re-named the CRSPs and expanded their mandate. They are now referred to as Feed the Future Collaborative Innovation Laboratories. In addition to the “Collaborative” Innovation Labs, which are of the former CRSPs model, USAID has launched more than ten new Innovation Labs focused on global food security.
APLU through its International Advocacy Coordinating Committee
strongly supports the Innovation Laboratories and has historically been the advocacy champion for the former CRSPs, successfully securing gradual increases in the appropriation for the program in the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bills.
AFRICA-U.S. HIGHER EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS:
In FY 2010, APLU worked with Congress to secure an appropriation of $15 million for partnerships between African and U.S. institutions of higher education under the banner of the Africa-US Higher Education Initiative. The appropriation funded eleven U.S. universities to work with counterparts in Africa on strengthening the capacity of African higher education. Nine of these partnerships are still being supported with USAID funding although long-term support from the Agency is uncertain.
APLU will continue to advocate to both Congress and USAID for expanding investment in strengthening the capacity of African higher education institutions through partnerships with U.S. higher education institutions