Africa's shifting landscape inspires Food Security Group Published: Saturday, 18 May 2013
Having worked for years in Mali, Mozambique, Kenya and Zambia, MSU’s Food Security group puts experience to work supporting food security around the world.
Spartan Engineers: Solving Real World Challenges Published: Thursday, 09 May 2013
At MSU, the College of Engineering is giving students the chance to provide solutions to real world challenges in developing nations.
When it has to get there, Spartan Teamwork Delivers Published: Friday, 03 May 2013
MSU’s School of Packaging has been a trusted collaborator with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of Agriculture USDA, helping to ensure shipments of food during crisis arrive safely.
Study abroad scholarships offered by Global Center for Food Systems Innovation Published: Sunday, 28 Apr 2013
The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation is offering scholarships for MSU students who will be studying abroad in 2013 and plan to focus on food systems development challenges.
Summer internship opportunities available with Global Center for Food Systems Innovation Published: Sunday, 28 Apr 2013
The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation is seeking students for summer internship opportunities. Applications are dure April 30.
Final Sharper Focus/Wider Lens Lecture set for April 2 Published: Friday, 29 Mar 2013
The Sharper Focus/Wider Lens lecture series will present “Food and the City,” April 2 at the MSU Union Parlor Room BC. The lecture begins at 7 p.m.
Nourishing People - and an economy Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2013
In an effort to double the capacity of Malawi’s dairy value chain, MSU researchers led by Puliyur MohanKumar, professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, are applying successful outcomes from a similar MSU partnership project that helped transform India’s dairy industry. India, now the world’s top milk producer, shares similar environmental and cultural traits with Malawi.
MSU to lead global food system innovation center on behalf of USAID Published: Friday, 09 Nov 2012
Michigan State University will use a $25 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development to improve agricultural production and reduce poverty in areas of the world suffering from rapid urbanization, population growth and skills gaps.
MSU Prof attends the African Union's first High Level Panel meeting on Science and Technology Published: Friday, 17 Aug 2012
The African Union (AU) has established a High Level Panel on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). The panel will advise the AU on reviewing Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) which was adopted by African ministers responsible for science and technology in 2005 and endorsed by Heads of State and Government in 2006 in order to move the continent from resource-based economies into innovation-led, knowledge-based economies.
MSU to lead new global food security effort Published: Monday, 06 Aug 2012
Michigan State University will use a $7.3 million federal grant to cultivate the next generation of agricultural scientists in Africa and Asia, in hopes of improving food security and nutrition there.
Strengthening Agriculture and Trade in West Africa Published: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012
John Staatz leads a set of agricultural research projects in West Africa, with funding totaling $7.5 million, aimed at improving the performance of West Africa’s food system. Researchers, farmers, traders, government officials and non-governmental organizations are all part of a collaborative effort to improve agricultural productivity and access to food in Mali and other countries in West Africa. MSU’s Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics has received approx
Market – Driven Development in Burundi Published: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012
For the first time in Burundi’s 80-year history of coffee production, the once war-torn, African country is producing specialty coffee to be sold direct to the markets, thanks to training and research provided by Michigan State University.
Community Development in Peru Published: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012
Providing opportunities for interdisciplinary teams of students to engage in community-based research and development projects in agricultural and engineering, Irving Widders, professor of horticulture, and Brian Thompson, professor of mechanical engineering, have started a study abroad program to examine and meet the needs of underserved communities in the Andean highlands. Successful projects include: fruit crop promotion, ecotourism education, marketing of commodities and water-heating
New Supporters Develop Mango Industry in India Published: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012
With support from the Agricultural Product Export Development Authority, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and the National Institute of Marketing Boards, the Indian Horticulture Development Alliance is promoting growth in the Indian mango market.
MSU Researchers Study Importance of Increasing Vitamin A in Corn Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012
A Michigan State University researcher is among a team of scientists that has uncovered the mechanism by which the amount of beta-carotene, or provitamin A, is increased in corn, a finding that can help combat vitamin A deficiency and improve human health in the developing world.
Building a Science and Technology Bridge to a Brighter Future Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012
Karim Maredia, a professor of entomology at Michigan State University, has earned a reputation for his ability to utilize new science and technology to bridge the gap between the healthiest, wealthiest nations and developing nations.
For instance, with many African nations struggling with food and nutritional security issues, MSU’s World Technology Access Program (WorldTAP) and Maredia, as WorldTAP’s director, were called upon to help address the problem through a bi
MSU, African Educators Expand Agricultural Education Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012
Michigan State University researchers are using a $1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help African educators develop free and open access to agriculture education material, which they hope could improve agricultural practices and contribute to a sustainable economy.
AgShare Open Education Resources is an 18-month pilot project that will enable African educational institutions to create a virtual hub of resources and curriculum for Master of Science d
Malawi Partnerships Encourage Innovation Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012
Sieglinde Snapp, an associate professor of Crop and Soil Sciences with MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is putting the university’s strong agricultural heritage to work in Malawi in southern Africa.
A Fulbright scholar in Diversity Dimensions of Healthy Agroecosystems, Snapp sees the ongoing communication and cooperation between biological and social scientists, as well as local farmers, as key in developing new innovations in sustainable farming t
China’s Agricultural Development at a Crossroads Published: Friday, 20 Apr 2012
New research conducted by Michigan State University, Renmin University and Landesa shows China is at a crossroads in its agriculture development. As a result, MSU researchers suggest that China should protect land rights of all farm families and restrict corporate farming if it wants to close the income gap between cities and countryside.
MSU Experts Tapped for Project in Senegal Published: Friday, 20 Apr 2012
Researchers at MSU and four partnering institutions in the U.S. will use a $28 million, five year grant from USAID to bolster agricultural education and research systems in Senegal, in hopes of increasing food supply and improving nutrition.
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