“Growing Good Kids” Internationally through the Junior Master Gardener Program Lisa Whittlesey, Extension Program Specialist III, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University View slide
Mission: Growing good kids through igniting a passion for learning, success, and service through a unique gardening education. View slide
Program Partnerships – Latin America Translation of Junior Master Gardener curricula and videos into Spanish Utilize bilingual Texas Master Gardeners trained as JMG Specialist as trainers
Latin America Train the trainer programs Chimaltenango, Guatemala in October 2008 Tegucigalpa, Honduras – March 2009 60 teachers were trained 45 children participated
Latin America Summer 2009 - Junior Master Gardener program implemented in orphanages in Guatemala - Chimaltenango region Agua Viva NuestrosPequeñosHermanos
Latin America Utilize summer interns through Borlaug Institute to implement program Program reached over 300 children, primarily orphans Support for Latin American programs through financial support from TAMU Gents student club and Building a Future organization
Future Plans - Latin America Spring 2010 undergraduate course in horticulture trains students to travel to Latin America to implement the Junior Master Gardener Program Partnership with Amigos de las Americas and Borlaug Institute for sites in Latin America for college student internships Link high school students and college interns through Amigos as mentor program and recruitment Further program expansion through existing and new program partnerships Expansion of Spanish educational materials
Program Partnerships – South Korea Train the trainer program – August 2009 29 educators trained in 5 day program
Program Partnerships – South Korea Workshop – Gwacheon National Science Museum Over 100 children participated
Program Partnerships – South Korea
Program Partnerships – South Korea
Future Plans – South Korea JMG Specialist training – January 2010 Partnership with US Embassy in Seoul, Gwacheon National Science Museum, and Junior Master Gardener-Korea to build USDA People’s Garden on museum site which will include a Junior Master Gardener garden for children Further program expansion throughout Korea
Possible Through Partnerships Texas AgriLife Extension Service colleagues Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture Department of Horticultural Sciences faculty Amigos TAMU Gents Organization Building a Future Organization Gwacheon National Science Museum - Korea JMG Korea Staff US Embassy – Seoul, Korea
Ecological Basis for Fisheries Conservation in the Tropics: Collaborative Research & Student Training (Latin America, Africa & Southeast Asia) Tom Lacher, Professor and Head,Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences,Texas A&M University
Inland fisheries provide the major source of animal protein for people in developing countries.
There are huge challenges for sustainable inland fisheries in the tropics. Institutions in developing countries lack resources for research. World Catch
The Lower Mekong Basin supports the largest river fishery in the world – of vital importance to 55 million people who live in the basin.
The fishery is shifting from large, long-lived species to small, early-maturing species.
The countries of the Lower Mekong Basin plan to turn the region into the “battery for Asia” by harvesting vast hydropower potential. These dams will severely impact inland fisheries that provide livelihoods and food for millions.
Chouly Ou, WFSC PhD student & Fulbright fellow from Cambodia, is researching fish ecology.
Challenges of Ecological Complexity in Diverse Tropical Systems: the food web research paradigm Texas AgriLife researchers Kirk Winemiller, Dan Roelke & their students have been conducting collaborative, long-term research of the Río Cinaruco, Venezuela.
Endangered Orinoco Crocodile Amazon River Dolphin This river forms the southern border of Santos Luzardo National Park.
Plentiful fish in extremely nutrient-poor waters What sustains this impressive biomass & diversity?
Dr. Dan Roelke & WFSC-PhD student Jose Montoya conducting experiments on aquatic productivity in the Rio Cinaruco.
Texas AgriLife fisheries research in Guyana- aquatic ecology & biodiversity assessment in the Rupununi Savanna
Texas AgriLife Research in Guyana is a collaboration with Professor Calvin Bernard, University of Guyana &Dr. Hernan Lopez, Royal Ontario Museum The business end of a piranha – Rupununi River, Guyana 2009. Dr. Kirk Winemiller keeps his distance from an electric eel captured in a castnet during a recent research project in Guyana.
WFSC PhD students Katie Roach & Carmen Montaña use a seine net to capture fishes from the Rio Tambopata in the Peruvian Amazon. Texas AgriLife researchers are collaborating with the Universidad de San Marcos in Lima on fish ecology studies.
Photo of the head of a blind catfish captured from the muddy waters of Peru’s Rio Tambopata. These strange fishes are carnivores that remove chunks of flesh from fishes much larger than themselves. Katie Roach displays a catfish pulled from the waters of the Rio Tambopata, Peru, during a field survey last year.
Dr. Rocio Rodiles, ECOSUR, discussing fish identification with Dr. Hernan Lopez who received his PhD from TAMU in 2004 & currently is a Curator of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Both of them collaborate with Winemiller on biodiversity research in Latin America.
Surveys of the remote Casiquiare River in Southern Venezuela: a Texas AgriLife collaboration with Museo de Ciencias Naturales Guanare, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias & others (funded by National Geographic) • 270 localities surveyed • 50,000+ specimens collected & databased • 500+ species documented, several undescribed taxa Mucus-feeding catfish. This is an adult!
Fisheries and Aquatic Food Web Research in Benin– collaboration with Dr. Alphonse Adite, Universite d’ Abomey Calavi
TAMU undergrad students Crystal Watkins & Josiah Payne go for a boat ride with Dr. Alphonse Adite. Dr. Adite received his MSc degree from TAMU-WFSC in 1995.
INTSORMIL Sorghum Program (Southern Africa) Gary C. Peterson, ProfessorTexas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock
COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH SUPPORT PROGRAM (CRSP)
Created by USAID and BIFAD as a long-term mechanism for agriculture development
Utilize capacity of Land Grant Universities
Increase research capacity of developing country institutions Increase food production Mutual benefit to developing countries and the U. S.
INTSORMIL: International Sorghum and Millet CRSP 1979 – 2006
SMOG: Sorghum, Millet and Other Grains CRSP2006 – Present
Primarily feed grain Export Production for ethanol
Primarily a food grain 500 million people Farms - commercial, small-holder Many small-holder farmers are female
Many Types and Uses
Home Grain, Forage, Sweet, Energy Processed food products
INTSORMIL ORGANIZATION Management Entity University of Nebraska - Lincoln Nebraska Kansas State Ohio State Purdue West Texas A&M Texas A&M USDA-ARS Entomology Socio-Economic Breeding (2) Economics Food Science Striga Breeding(2) Food Science Breeding Agronomy Pathology Utilization Agronomy Food Science/ Entrepreneurship Countries: Africa – 15 Central America - 3 Projects - 16 Principal Investigators - 17
SORGHUM IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AND INTSORMIL 1979 – Present Breeding, Entomology, Pathology, Food Science, Off-campus Total Faculty ± 18 Funding ± $13,000,000 Education Total Full Partial SADCC B.S. 16 9 7 0 M.S. 176 36 129 11 Ph.D. 156 29 122 5 Post-Doc 34 6 26 2 Visiting Scholar 44 30 12 2 Total 426 110 296 20
SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL PROJECTCoordinator: Gary Peterson
Munthali Botswana (BCA) Pendleton/Peterson (WTAMU/TAMU) du Plessis South Africa Pendleton/Peterson (TAMU)
Pathology McLaren South Africa (UFS) Peterson/B. Rooney (TAMU)
Vismer/Shepard South Africa (MRC) Leslie (KSU)
Quality Taylor South Africa (UP) L. Rooney (TAMU)
Moonga Zambia (UNZA) Jackson (UNL)
CURRENT ACTIVITY Breeding
Develop cultivars with improved yield, stress resistance, and enhanced end-use characteristics
Collaborate with regional breeders, pathologists, entomologists, and food scientists
Graduate students at TAMU or University of the
Free State (South Africa), short-term training (TAMU), workshops
Utilize Texas research facilities to develop populations for selection and graduate research
Potential variety releases
CURRENT ACTIVITY Cereals/Food Science
Processing properties of pearl millets in Namibia
Sorghum milling properties, tannins and polyphenols, malting quality
Evaluation of tef quality for use in production of ingera
Collaborate with breeding programs
Graduate or short-term educational programs
Presentations at symposia, workshops, conferences, industrial companies
Develop sorghums with enhanced brewing and malting quality
Lager beer production
Why is this important?
Tan plant, white grain types Defined end-use market, sustainable Provides cash income to small-holder farmers, many female Potential to introduce additional technology
BENEFITS of INTSORMIL
Access to exotic germplasm used in AgriLife sorghum breeding program
Released lines available to private industry
Students educated in land-grant system
Collaborative research relationships
Stable long-term source of funds
Program extension for 2011-2016
Continue collaboration to improve research capability so that national programs can develop and deliver technology to benefit farmers
Armenian-American Agribusiness Education Partnership A Decade of Shaping the World Through Economic and Business Education Armenian State Agrarian University Texas A&M University USDA and US State Department John Nichols, Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University
Shaping the Post Soviet World 1990s - Transition to Market Economy Transformation and chaos Production is not enough Learning the fundamentals of market forces Understanding role of government
Armenia and Caucasus Region
Project Overview Initiated in 1999 by USDA invitation Faculty recruited, curriculum developed First class of 30 students enrolled in 2000 Armenian foundation established in 2004 Research and outreach programs added
Shaping Education – The Agribusiness Teaching Center Curriculum Teaching methods Student preparation Teaching environment Stakeholder engagement
Partnership - Armenian Agrarian Univ. Partnership – USDA / State Department Committed leadership – Rector and TAMU Dr. Daniel Dunn – Founding Director Outcome – The Agribusiness Teaching Center (ATC) People and Organizations
Agribusiness Teaching Center Upper Division Undergraduate courses 228 students graduated since 2002 Diploma from Agrarian University Certificate from Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Economics Renovated classrooms, computer lab, offices
Teaching and Learning Interactive – student centered learning Theory and case study Field trips Internships Faculty – US and US trained
Shaping the Agrarian University Encouraging change Providing a model Funding collaborative projects Faculty development Teaching materials Transitioning to International Standards – EU Bologna Convention
Regional Engagement Georgian students enrolled Joint projects with Caucasus Business School Faculty development Student exchange with EU countries
Graduates Shaping Their World Agribusinesses in Armenia and Georgia Food processing, distribution and retailing Banking and Insurance Government and NGOs in region Graduate school in US and Europe
Research and Outreach International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education (ICARE) Funded research projects Regional Conferences Student exchange
Shaping the Future Masters of Agribusiness Increased engagement with EU Higher Ed Central Asia – Caucasus NGO Consortium for Agricultural Development
Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization Project Kate Whitney, Norman Borlaug Institute for International AgricultureFrank Craddock, Professor and Extension Sheep and Goat Specialist, Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo
Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization Project - Phase I Overview Consortium of Land Grant Universities TAMUS AgriLife Extension/Borlaug Institute (lead) New Mexico State University University of California-Davis Utah State University Washington State University 22 Training Courses in the Middle East 492 Individual Iraqi Extensionists Trained
Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization Project - Phase I Overview Trust between US universities and Iraqi partners Mutual trust throughout the network of Iraqi extension professionals Rapport between Iraqi partners and their farmers and communities Impact on agricultural productivity, households and communities
Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization Project - Phase I Overview Awarded 26 Technology Transfer Projects Funded 20 Apple Computers and 20 Video Cameras for Agriculture Communications Training Funded 30 Laptops for Water/Irrigation Modeling Training
Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization Project - Phase II Overview 61 Iraqi Extension Agents and University Faculty Trained Six week fellowship training at consortium universities: University of California-Davis: 28 April - 4 July Horticulture/Greenhouse Production and Postharvest/Food Safety Washington State University: 6 June - 17 July Dryland Agronomy
Iraq Agricultural Extension Revitalization Project - Phase II Overview Utah State University: 27 September - 9 November Irrigation and Water Resources New Mexico State University: 28 September - 6 November Agribusiness and Youth Training Texas AgriLife Extension Service: 1 October - 13 November Livestock and Rangeland Management
Livestock and Extension Training 13 Iraqi Extension Specialists 10 Ministry of Agriculture Employees 3 Faculty or Lecturers from Colleges of Agriculture at Baghdad University and Babylon University Over 40 Texas AgriLife Faculty and Staff Supported the Train-the-Trainer Effort
Texas AgriLife Extension Training Extension Methodology, 4-H and Youth Programs: College Station
Texas AgriLife Extension Training Dairy: Stephenville and Comanche
Texas AgriLife Extension Training Beef Cattle, Small Ruminants, Rangeland Management: San Angelo
Texas AgriLife Extension Training Aquaculture: College Station, San Marcos, Lake Jackson
Texas AgriLife Extension Training Poultry: College Station
Texas AgriLife Extension Training Extension Methodology and Program Development: College Station
Making a Difference Increased collaboration between Extension and Colleges of Agriculture Improved methods for technology transfer to farmers and communities Created long-term relationships with US Extension personnel for sustained technology transfer and dialogue
Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences’ South Pacific Study Abroad Programs Gerard Kyle, PhD Scott Shafer, PhD Associate Professors, Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University
Program Focus Intense 4 to 6 week programs designed to cultivate “global citizens” Course content focuses on issues tied to sustainability situated within diverse socio-political contexts; Fiji, Australia & New Zealand
Program Content Holistic approach toward understanding issues tied to sustainability, biodiversity, and climate change This exposes students to content from a variety of disciplines: Park and Recreation Management Anthropology Sociology Political Science Geography Geology Biology & Ecology
Program Structure Programs are field-based ~25% classroom instruction ~75% field work Instruction is shared between TAMU faculty and local scholars
Program Appeal Programs are open to all majors/classes Average approximately 40 students each year Collectively the largest faculty led study abroad program in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Expect approx. 60 students for summer 2010
50% from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
… remaining reflect an eclectic mix of majors
Program Partnerships Faculty & Agency Partners University of the South Pacific (Fiji) James Cook University (Australia) University of Technology, Sydney (Australia) University of New South Wales (Australia) Lincoln University (New Zealand) University of Otago (New Zealand) Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO)
Program Related Research Graduate student research Climate change effects on the Great Barrier Reef Stakeholder perceptions of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park rezoning
Program Related Research Ongoing evaluation of our program’s ability to nurture global citizenship within students We are seeing different effects among: Programs Gender Past international experience World views