What We Do

About the Alliance

The Cornell Alliance for Science is a global communications and training initiative dedicated to ensuring access to agricultural innovation, especially in developing nations, as a means for improving lives and livelihoods. Our grassroots training includes regional short-courses and a 12-week Global Leadership Fellows Program. We also have developed a collection of multimedia assets that tell the stories of international small-holder farmers and the scientists and others who are using technology to improve crops and livestock, thus reducing hunger and poverty. We have created a global network of diverse stakeholders committed to:

  • Amplifying the voices of small-holder farmers and public sector scientists;
  • Partnering with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others who share common values around poverty reduction, food security, and sustainable agriculture;
  • Ensuring access to innovation by advancing policies that give farmers a choice in how to practice agriculture; and
  • Reclaiming the conversation around agricultural biotechnology so that science- and evidence-based perspectives drive decision-making.

The Alliance for Science was established in August 2014 with a $5.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It is based in the office of International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (IP-CALS) at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Sarah Davidson Evanega, PhD, is the director of the project.


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