UF/IFAS GLOBAL

UF IFAS Global Education

GLOBAL EDUCATION

UF/IFAS Global provides opportunities for international graduate students to study at UF through various programs. The iAGRI and BHEARD projects fund both Master’s and Ph.D. level students to pursue studies and research related to agriculture and pair them with an appropriate UF faculty member for guidance. There are also certain projects (SARD and INGENAES) that provide funds for IFAS graduate students from UF to pursue graduate research depending on the needs of the project. Weblinks to these projects can be found on this site.

Active Projects

BHEARD

BHEARD (Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development): a USAID-funded effort to both increase the number of agricultural scientists, and strengthen scientific institutions in the developing countries of Bangladesh, Malawi and Ghana. In 2013 UF/IFAS Global was selected as a partnering institution by Michigan State University. The five Ph.D. candidates are pursuing degrees in the departments of Horticultural Sciences, Plant Pathology, Food Science and Human Nutrition and Entomology and Nematology, and will be accompanied by their major professor during year three to conduct field research in their respective countries. | BHEARD

INGENAES

INGENAES (Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services): This project assists USAID missions in Feed The Future countries to strengthen gender and nutrition integration within agricultural extension and advisory services (EAS). These services range from: developing delivery mechanisms to better reach women farmers, promoting nutrition sensitive agriculture, training extension staff to implement gender transformative activities, and assess potential selected technologies on women’s time, labor and productivity. Graduate students from UF receive funding for research and extension work on this project. A total of 2 Ph.D.’s and 9 Master’s students are working on INGENAES activities in selected countries. | INGENAES

SARD

SARD (Support to Agricultural Research and Development in Haiti): UF/IFAS is the lead institution on a new five-year (2015-2020) project designed to strengthen human and institutional capacity in Haiti to help farmers and agribusiness gain access to better information, technologies, and services. Twenty students will complete their MS degree program as part of this project. The students will be required to conduct a portion of their research in Haiti. One Haitian research professional will be a special member of each graduate student’s committee. The students will work on research priorities identified through interviews with farmer organizations in year 1 of the project. | SARD in Haiti

Inactive Projects

iAGRI

iAGRI (Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative): Seeks to address food insecurity in Tanzania by preparing the next generation of agricultural leadership through strengthening and integrating the core agricultural institutions of extension, research and education in Tanzania. Students return to their home country with their UF/IFAS major professor in order to guide field research. A total of ten students completed their MS degree and four students completed their PhD on this project. | iAGRI

CIP

CIP (Collaboration with the International Potato Center): Initiated in June 2012 and scheduled to finish December 2016, this project utilizes USAID Linkage Funds to support an MS Plant Pathology candidate, a Ph.D. Agricultural & Biological Engineering candidate, and three MS Agroecology students. As of Fall 2016, three students are attending UF, with one completing an online MS degree in the Department of Agronomy, and two students pursuing Ph.D.’s in both the Departments of Agronomy and Agricultural & Biological Engineering. | CIP

UILTCB Malawi

UILTCB Malawi (USAID Initiative for Long-term Training and Capacity Building): The UILTCB Malawi program (August 2008-July 2013) supported the training of 16 Malawi professionals, who were awarded MS degrees from the departments of Food and Resource Economics, Agricultural & Biological Engineering and Animal Science. The training provided to these individuals supported the implementation of greater agricultural capacity, and increased food security and agricultural employment opportunities for small-holder farmers and surrounding communities. | UILTCB - MALAWI

UILTCB Ghana

UILTCB Ghana (USAID Initiative for Long-term Training and Capacity Building): This USAID-funded program (July 2013-December 2015) partnered IFAS Global with the UILTCB central program office at Michigan State University, and supported the training of 2 Ghanaian professionals in Master of Agribusiness (MAB) non-thesis degree programs, emphasizing production agriculture, food science and technology, agricultural economics and agricultural statistics. Two Ghanian professionals completed their degrees within the Food and Resource Economics Department in 2015. | UILTCB - GHANA

WINNER

WINNER (Watershed Initiative for National Environmental Resources): Active from June 2009-May 2014, UF/IFAS partnered with Chemonics International on this USAID-funded project in Haiti, focusing on providing technical assistance and training in watershed management and agricultural production. UF/IFAS assisted WINNER in setting up Rural Centers for Sustainable Development to house technical leaders, diagnostic labs, field facilities for applied research, and to provide farmer training. Eight students completed their MS degrees through the WINNER project. | WINNER