$7 million awarded to University of Illinois ACES program

URBANA - The United States Agency for International Development has awarded $7 million to a consortium led by the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences for its Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services project.

Officials say this new project aims to strengthen gender and nutrition integration throughout agricultural advisory and extension services, resulting in the reduction of malnutrition and poverty while improving food security.

Project members will work in a minimum of eight countries that will be selected in the next couple of months, and will be led by project director and ACES Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics associate professor Paul McNamara.  The project will also have three associate directors: Andrea Bohn, Kristy Cook, and Kathleen Colverson.

According to Bohn, this new project has the goal of improving livelihoods, and will focus on changing behavior at the individual and organizational levels.
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