Innovation Lab for Food Safety

Innovation Lab for Food Safety

About Us

Launch of Innovation Lab

Led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s initiative to end global hunger and poverty. More than 20 Feed the Future Innovation Labs pair experts from leading U.S. universities with research and educational institutions in developing nations to address grand challenges in agriculture and food security.

In 2019, USAID awarded $10 million to Purdue University, in partnership with Cornell University, to lead the first-ever Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety.

Our work aims to enhance agricultural sustainability and resilience, as well as food security, for developing nations — with research and capacity development that increases the production of, and access to, safe and nutritious food.

Research Objectives

Research activities in our lab center on four key objectives:


Increase awareness of food safety issues, impacts and measures


Build capacity to conduct localized research on food safety challenges


Develop public-private partnerships, policies and networks for effective engagement


Translate research into training, guidelines and commercialized products