Begun at Colorado State University and based in Fort Collins, CO, IGATT works on sustainable food production technologies and host a variety of exchange scholars, researchers, policymakers and farmers at our home campus in the United States.
Here, we work with investors, universities, and businesses to find the best agricultural solutions to the world's growing agricultural problems.
One of our initiatives includes the Sustainable Green Space project. As global and local food insecurity and malnutrition remain a serious problem, there is a growing need for clean water and sustainable land use for agricultural production. Our Green Space project was started to tackle these challenges by finding innovative and cost-effective ways to sustainably increase farming and green breathing space to reduce the global carbon footprint and save valuable resources.
The goal of the Sustainable Green Space project is to conduct horticultural, agricultural, agri-business, and engineering research in order to identify and innovate cost-effective solutions to address these problems locally and globally. Specifically, we focus on finding solutions that maximize organic fruit and vegetable production throughout the year in a limited green space setting both indoors and outdoors. This includes economical hydroponic techniques to enable small families to supplement their income and nutrition through their own limited sustainable vegetable and fruit production in their own homes.
The Sustainable Green Space Project has several sub-projects including:
IGATT also strives to collaborate with universities, agricultural extension, and governments around the world to host international exchanges. Some of our projects have included the Borlaug Fellowship Program where seven professionals from international partner institutes received 10 weeks of training from Colorado State University on a variety of sustainable agricultural methods. In addition, we collaborated on the Pakistan Water Dialogue and Scientific Exchange Scholar Program where we hosted two exchange scholars at Colorado State to provide research and hands-on learning about water conservation and management technologies for dissemination in Pakistan.
Figure 1. A horticulture student at Colorado State University demonstrating organic crop production in a small plot system.