CARE Cornell Research Partnership

CARE Cornell Research Partnership

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Bringing together superb research capacities and an unparalleled global reach and depth of community relationships, CARE and Cornell University are working together in a new collaboration to create sustainable solutions targeting global concerns, including world hunger and climate change. The effort is focused on the most vulnerable populations, especially women and families. 

Collaborating for Change: Strengthening Food and Nutrition Security

Addressing the food and nutrition needs of a growing population in a world with a changing climate, environmental degradation and scarcity, geopolitical instability, and inequality is a defining challenge of the 21st century. This challenge requires that we bring to bear innovative solutions, problem-oriented research, and partnerships that work across traditional divides. The CARE-Cornell Collaboration brings together two uniquely powerful institutions—a top research university with demonstrated strengths in sustainable agriculture and rural development, and one of the world’s largest and most experienced humanitarian and development assistance organizations with over sixty years of experience in 90 countries. The CARE-Cornell Collaboration aims to make a difference in a world that desperately needs a change. Many talk about bringing science and action together. We do.


Vision: The unique power of the CARE-Cornell Collaboration

Together, Cornell University and CARE work to understand and address one of the world’s most intractable problems: developing sustainable and just local food systems for the millions of people who live in rural poverty and face food and nutrition insecurity. We work to identify critical points where interventions will do the most good, and we develop evidence-based solutions that can be applied at scale to achieve transformational impact.


Core Goals

  • To promote resilient rural livelihoods for people in extreme poverty, particularly the landless, poor smallholder farmers, and rural women.
  • To strengthen sustainable agriculture and just, local food systems in developing countries that can meet the needs of today’s populations without prejudicing future generations.
  • To identify evidence-based program innovations that will transform food and nutrition security practice in a world of increasing uncertainty with a growing number of threats.
  • To develop the capacities of local communities as well as of CARE practitioners and Cornell faculty, staff, and students in working collaboratively and designing new approaches to tackling poverty.

The Impact through Innovation Fund (IIF) seed funding connects Cornell research teams with CARE staff on the ground in communities around the world. By working together, CARE-Cornell teams are breaking down social, economic, and technological barriers to improve global standards of living. The fund also supports project development grants to bring together Cornell and CARE people to explore potential collaborations.


Bringing Together Global Expertise

CARE Contributes

  • A global approach to food and nutrition security that brings together resilience, governance, and women’s empowerment to enable marginalized women and their families to graduate out of poverty.
  • A focus on empowering women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities.
  • On-the-ground programming in 70 countries.
  • A long-term program approach in each country that defines specific impact groups, analyzes underlying causes of poverty and vulnerability, and invests in innovations that lead to transformation.
  • Private sector engagement, including partnerships with multinational corporations, an agricultural market engagement strategy targeting 10 million women and girls, and social enterprise development.

Cornell Contributes

  • A track record of fostering multidisciplinary teams of faculty and students to tackle global problems.
  • A focus on research that addresses the three pillars of sustainability—energy, environment, and economic development—for solutions that work.
  • Internationally recognized depth in the fields of sustainable agriculture and food systems; science and engineering of materials; biogeochemistry, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem health; food security, developmental economics, and sustainable livelihoods; and renewable and efficient energy systems.
  • A renewed commitment by Cornell University’s president to the land-grant ethic and tradition of international research and outreach.
  • Partnerships with external organizations, private foundations, and corporations that strengthen research capacity and maximize impact.