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Research Projects

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut works to alleviate hunger by helping farmers in developing countries grow and profit from healthy peanut crops. The new program builds on the many successes of the previous Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab in developing new varieties, pre- and post-harvest management and processing. It also works in the new research areas of peanut-based nutrition, gender and youth.

See current Requests for Proposal at our Work with Us page.


The program has four areas of inquiry related to peanuts:

  • varietal improvement;
  • value-added gains along the value chain;
  • understanding the role of peanuts in nutrition and health; and
  • understanding the roles of gender and youth along the peanut value chain.

Cross-cutting areas such as gender equality, impacts of climate change, capacity building, and human nutrition & health featured prominently in all research.


In the field

Preharvest

In the U.S., farmers can grow 6,000 pounds of peanuts on an acre, but in developing countries, farmers get 500 pounds an acre. Disease-resistant varieties and information about where to invest limited resources in the field are closing the gap.  

 


At the processor

Postharvest

Peanuts are a staple part of the diet in much of the world, but poor storage and processing can lead to spoilage and aflatoxin contamination. Research is helping processors – small and large – learn how to get a safe product to market.


On the plate

Nutrition & Health

A handful of peanuts has as much protein as two chicken eggs. Understanding how peanuts fit into a healthy diet encourages investment in the commodity and gets healthy snacks into the hands of kids who need them.

 


Join the team

WANTED: A post-doc to focus on the role of gender and youth along the peanut value chain. The job will be based in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) and part of the Peanut Lab’s management team at UGA.

Gender and youth are also crosscutting considerations for all Peanut Lab projects. UGA is seeking an expert in these areas to conduct formative desk and field research, assist in the preparation and consideration of commissioned and competitive calls for research proposals under the Peanut Lab, and assist in the training and implementation of gender-sensitive research in diverse disciplines.

The position is available immediately and the initial appointment is for a minimum of two years. The successful applicant should have the following minimal qualifications:

  • A PhD in social sciences or other relevant discipline, preferably with experience in gender and/or youth in agriculture;
  • Experience in international agriculture research, especially Africa;
  • Excellent team skills;
  • Willingness to travel internationally; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Apply here: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/17481

Closing date for applications is Feb. 28 or when the position is filled.