AFRI Annual Review

Fiscal year 2016

Established by the 2008 Farm Bill and re-authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is the nation’s leading competitive grants program for agriculture. It is the flagship funding program the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) uses to combat major agriculture-related societal challenges through research, education, and extension. AFRI is one of NIFA’s major programs through which to address the six Farm Bill priority areas.

USDA-NIFA Approach

AFRI, with its broad funding portfolio, addresses every facet of agriculture, including food production, farming and ranching, renewable energy, aquaculture, nutrition, forestry, food safety, rural communities, farm efficiency and profitability, and traditional and innovative breeding techniques. AFRI advances fundamental sciences as well as translational research and development in support of agriculture and coordinates research opportunities to build on these new discoveries. In addition, AFRI-awarded programs deliver this science to communities through extension programs, which allows the public to make informed decisions that impact their daily lives.

With the world’s population expected to exceed nine billion by 2050, NIFA works to solve the challenges of meeting the food, clothing, fuel, and shelter needs of all people. In order for NIFA to address these critical issues, we partnered with food and agricultural scientists and educators with expertise in: plant health and production and plant products; animal health and production and animal products; food safety, nutrition, and health; bioenergy, natural resources, and environment; agricultural systems and technology; and agricultural economics and rural communities. NIFA partners with the scientific community to provide federal financial assistance grants to address critical issues in United States agriculture in the areas of global food security, water for agriculture, childhood obesity prevention, food safety, sustainable bioenergy, and climate change.

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