Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.
The University of California at Davis received a five-year, $4 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to improve chickpea production in Ethiopia through the use of genetic engineering. Ethiopia is the largest chickpea producer in Africa.
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate Resilient Chickpea project is under the direction of Doug Cook, a professor of plant pathology at UC Davis. Researchers at University of Southern California, Florida International University, Harren University in Turkey, and the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research are also participating in the grant project.
The United Negro College Fund received a $500,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation that will be earmarked for helping 16 historically Black colleges and universities achieve financial stability.