International: Collaborative Crop Research

Crop Research Program Goal

We use our resources to help build the capacity of resource-poor rural people in developing countries to achieve food and nutritional security.



We strive for a world where all people have access to the nutritious food they need on the terms they can afford, and where food is sustainably produced to protect local resources and respect cultural values.

Since the program's inception in 1983, The McKnight Foundation has committed over $100 million to the CCRP, including past and future commitments and non-grant assistance, such as support for convenings. Of the total, more than $74 million has been approved in grants to support the program's goal.

Experts in developed countries are linked with those in Asia, Africa, and Latin America who lack training or resources for comprehensive scientific studies. We take a holistic, ecosystem approach to agriculture, supporting research and partnerships that lead to increased crop productivity, improved livelihoods, and better nutrition.

In 2008, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recognized McKnight's successful program with a grant of $26.7 million over five years. This generous funding allows the CCRP to capitalize on the two foundations' combined resources, and build upon its 25-year field history strengthening a network of scientists, organizations, and communities working for food and nutritional security.

In 2013, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation approved another five years of support for McKnight's crop research efforts.

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