The announcement of the global health initiative was made at Purdue University. (Photo Purdue John Underwood)
Jill Sheridan

Purdue University has been chosen to lead a new research effort to address extreme poverty across the globe.

The university will recieve a $70 million investment from the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, which aims to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. 

Extreme poverty impacts the health of millions through food insecurity, water safety, disease and violence.

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Top agronomists at Purdue University will be part of a new nationwide higher education task force on food security.

The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities is putting together the 31-member commission, which aims to ensure that the world's rapidly growing population has enough to eat.

It was funded by the Kellogg Foundation to devise research and public education ideas for improving food access and nutrition by 2050, when the global population is set to hit 9 billion.

Purdue To Help Farmers In Africa Make Better Use Of Crops

May 23, 2014

A group of Purdue researchers will lead a $5-million dollar effort to fight hunger in Africa.

The five-year program is designed to improve processing and marketing practices in order to reduce food waste.

Food Science professor Suzanne Nielsen says the goal is to make better use of food that is already being produced but is currently being lost through poor storage or processing technologies.

Purdue enlisted to help in USAID global literacy effort

Apr 18, 2014

Purdue could be involved in an effort to teach 100-million children around the world to read.

The United States Agency for International Development is reaching out to universities across the country to aid in this effort.

Senior advisor for international education Christie Vilsack was on the West Lafayette campus yesterday.

She says Purdue would be an ideal partner because students and faculty are already involved in research to address the world’s biggest challenges.