Founded in 1998, the Danforth Center works to find new, innovative ways to make agriculture more productive and sustainable in the modern age. Its vision tackles three core areas: helping feed the hungry and improve human health, preserving and renewing the environment, and enhancing St. Louis as a world center for plant science. Read how the Center is making that vision a reality.
In June 2021, a pest-resistant version of the cowpea crop was introduced in Nigeria. A staple in the region’s diet and an important source of protein, this new variety will provide long-term sustainable solutions. The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center helped ensure the cowpea got into the hands of Nigerian farmers.
Preserve and Renew the Environment
“Our mission is to do what we can do to shorten the time it takes to put good, safe technology in the hands of smallholder farmers,” says Donald MacKenzie, Ph.D., executive director at the Danforth Center Institute for International Crop Improvement. “The number of hungry people in the world is going up.”
From tackling world hunger to restoring and protecting the environment, plant science can change the world. And the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center believes that, through working together, we can improve the human condition through plant science.
Feed the Hungry and Improve Human Health
Danforth Center scientist Dr. Allison Miller has brought in a $12.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation and founded the New Roots for Restoration Biology Integration Institute. New Roots will help in restoring natural ecosystems, as well as study how they function in order to work toward transforming modern agriculture to be more environmentally friendly.