Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk & Resilience (MRR Innovation Lab)

So every rural family can take control of their future

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk and Resilience (MRR) at UC Davis develops and tests financial and market innovations that take the most promising agricultural tools for families in developing economies from the lab to the field. The Lab’s mission is to generate and transfer knowledge and innovations that promote resilience and empower rural families, communities and markets to share in inclusive agricultural growth.

The MRR Innovation Lab focuses the most advanced tools in development economics and related fields on three core themes:

  • Resilient Escapes from Poverty: Bundled programs that can have a bigger and more lasting impact on persistent poverty than the sum of their parts.
  • Financial and Agronomic Innovations for Inclusive Growth and Resilience: Expanding the potential of insurance, stress-tolerant seeds and other tools to manage the risk of drought, flood or other disasters.
  • Resilient Systems for Broadly-based Agricultural Growth: Ensuring that markets and other social systems are competitive and do not bypass women and young people.

In addition to funding research and building the capacity of local institutions, the MRR Innovation Lab translates their work into accessible policy documents and sponsor outreach events that integrate our findings into a coherent and effective voice about priorities and options for governments, NGOs and others working to reduce poverty and increase prosperity worldwide.

Latest news and articles

Pushing the Frontiers of Social-Ecological Resilience

A new research paper shows how the field of social-ecological resilience has evolved over the past 15 years, and gives three examples of this.

Adaptation & Resilience Solutions: The investment opportunity to grow the sector

During the COP26 Finance Day (3rd November 2021), the Resilience Hub hosted a side event to showcase the increasing range of adaptation and resilience innovations, as well as to discuss opportunities and barriers to scaling them. The panel discussion included speakers from Climate-KIC, Global Resilience Partnership, CDC Group, BFA Global, The Lightsmith Group, PayPal and FMO, the Dutch Development Bank.

Knowledge for Transformative Action Towards a Resilient Future

On the 10th November 2021, the Resilience Hub at COP26 hosted a side event to showcase three major, global initiatives that seek to ensure that action to enhance adaptation and resilience stem from a foundation of research, knowledge and learning: the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), the Resilience Knowledge Coalition and the Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA).

Resilience in Focus at COP26

At the Global Resilience Partnership, we are taking forward the momentum and collaborations from COP26 into action to build a resilient future.

Can locally-led anticipatory action address climate impacts at scale?

There is considerable potential for more locally-led anticipatory action to prepare people for extreme weather and climate events and avoid loss and damage – reports Myriam Castaneda Solares of the START network, from a COP26 Resilience Hub event.