Building a better world through innovation, collaboration and research.

  • Commitment to a transdisciplinary approach. Complex problems require complex solutions. Our 60+ researchers fuse expertise in agriculture, economics, gender, environment, plants and more to open new pathways for innovation across disciplines. 
  • Cultivating global research partnerships. From rural villages to mega cities, we work in communities across six continents in partnership with local people and groups, national institutions, NGOs and global organizations. We believe that collaboration is key to creating long-term, localized solutions. 
  • Direct social impact. Our multidisciplinary teams explore the root cause of today's greatest challenges and develop creative solutions to improve lives everywhere. We provide knowledge for the greater good with leading-edge thinking for direct social impact. 
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Our projects engage with partners across the globe.

Program highlights

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Cultivating global leaders in in agriculture, food systems, climate change and environment and sustainability for 40 years

Lead New York

Inspiring and developing leaders for the food, agriculture and natural resource industries of New York and the Northeast


Empowering women in agriculture to improve food security, reduce poverty, and positively impact rural development in developing countries

Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Institute for Global Development

Cultivating a space for applied social science research, academic collaboration and educational opportunities for students outside of the classroom

Cornell Farmworker Program

Supporting farmworkers through immigration and legal services, positive workplace advocacy, English as a second language, and more in New York and beyond

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