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1 International Programs Agronomy Department Review 2012 University of Florida

2 Overview Student involvement Scientific collaborations Conferences and Meetings International Center and IFAS International Programs Individual Faculty Collaborations Funded Research - USAID Strengths, Vision and Weaknesses

3 Student Training Undergraduate internships/short term scholars – primarily Brazil and Central America Graduate student training – Over 50 students since 2000 – All departmental areas – 40-50% of agronomy students – Wide range of countries and backgrounds

4 Visiting Scientists/Sabbaticals Spain, Poland, China, Japan, India, Ghana, Brazil………. International Sabbatical Leaves – Maria Gallo – Netherlands – Barry Tillman – Queensland, Australia – Rob Gilbert – EARTH Costa Rica

5 International Conferences International Crop Science Congress International Grasslands Congress International Weed Science Society European Weed Research Society Forage Breeding Symposium Future Farm World Conference Latin/South American Weed Science Society Asian Pacific Weed Science Society International Union of Forest Research Organizations

6 University of Florida International Center/IFAS International Programs Strong collaboration with UFIC – Dean David Sammons – Agronomy faculty – Peace Corps recruiting – Amy Panicowski – Sandra Russo – Center for Women’s Studies IFAS International Programs – Walter Bowen – Several projects in Haiti, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique – Interaction with CIAT, Winrock, others

7 Individual Collaborations Dr. Rob Gilbert - joint project with USDA and EARTH University in Costa Rica for sugarcane Dr. Joao Vendramini - UF liaison, National Agricultural Research Institute in Guyana and the University Federal Rural of Pernambuco Brazil Dr. David Wright - project director of student and professor for Agricultural University in Poznan, Poland

8 Individual Collaborations Dr. Lynn Sollenberger - University of Parana – Brazil, reciprocal agreement Dr. Ken Langeland - Cuba’s Cienega de Zapata invasive plants - Melaleuca quinquenervia Dr. Bill Haller - USAID Guatemala, hydrilla problems in Lake Itzabal, the largest fresh water lake in Central America Dr. Ann Blount - EMBRAPA, Brazil, UNNE, Argentina, and several Caribbean universities on breeding/evaluating tropical forages, agreement with Quaker Oats

9 Individual Collaborations Dr. Ken Buhr - team leader “Enhancing Food Security through Poverty Alleviation” for Save the Children in Uganda and USAID-funded project for the Ministry of Agriculture in Mozambique Dr. Yoana Newman - training in Nicaragua with Farmer-to-Farmer and the Florida Volunteer Corps Dr. Fredy Altpeter - International Livestock Research Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for research on elephantgrass improvement

10 Individual Collaborations Dr. Ken Boote – Peanut CRSP, over 15 years – Asian Pacific Network Project - Climate and Agricultural Risk Management in Hyderabad, India, Dhaka, Bangladesh and Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Mentored 4 Ph.D. graduate students with Khon Kaen University, Thailand. – USAID and ICRISAT crop growth modeling – Agricultural Model Improvement and Intercomparison Project in Campinas, Brazil, east Africa and South Asia – 8 international training courses on crop modeling – hosted 21 International Exchanges between himself and scientists from several countries – 24 international meetings since 2000.

11 Peanut Cooperative Research Support Program (Peanut CRSP) USAID funded – peanut production and utilization Dr. Ken Boote – crop modeling in western Africa, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin, and Mali Dr. Barry Tillman - Bolivia cultivar selection for disease resistance and works with USDA- Griffin to facilitate germplasm exchange

12 Peanut CRSP Dr. MacDonald – University of Georgia, NGO’s – rural growers in the Rupununi region of Guyana and northern Haiti – improved varieties, fertility, agronomic practices, and pest management – peanut butter based school feeding programs in Guyana, where over 4000 students are provided a snack each day throughout 47 villages in the region. – In Haiti, peanuts are utilized to produce Medika-Mamba for a local orphanage – PhD Student, Alyssa Cho conducting graduate studies in Guyana

13 Program Strengths Good collaborations – Within the university through UFIC and IFAS – Continued graduate student training – Established working relationships with international institutions Success with the Peanut CRSP program 7 international faculty within the department

14 Program Strengths Peace Corps – Masters International Program – Established this spring – 9 departments within College of Ag. & Life Sciences – Greg MacDonald is MI Coordinator – Non-thesis Master’s degree

15 Vision Stronger collaborations with germplasm exchanges – World Food Crops breeding position Stronger presence with USAID and CRSP programs Gates Foundation, others Peace Corps – MI program for graduate student recruitment

16 Concerns Decreased funding and flexibility for international programs CRSP model heavily scrutinized by USAID Feed the Future mandates – targeted countries No consolidated effort at the department or even college level How does international work contribute to the overall faculty packet? Can international work be more than a ticket item for promotion?

17 Questions

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