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  • 32 Countries 60+ Projects
  • “Growing Good Kids” Internationally through the Junior Master Gardener Program
    Lisa Whittlesey, Extension Program Specialist III, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University
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  • Mission: Growing good kids through igniting a passion for learning, success, and service through a unique gardening education.
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  • 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
  • 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
    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
    • 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
    • United States
    Primarily feed grain
    Production for ethanol
    • Africa
    Primarily a food grain
    500 million people
    Farms - commercial, small-holder
    Many small-holder farmers are female
    • Many Types and Uses
    Grain, Forage, Sweet, Energy
    Processed food products
    Management Entity
    University of Nebraska - Lincoln
    Kansas State
    Ohio State
    West Texas A&M
    Texas A&M
    Breeding (2) Economics
    Food Science
    Food Science
    Food Science/
    Countries: Africa – 15
    Central America - 3
    Projects - 16
    Principal Investigators - 17
    1979 – Present
    Breeding, Entomology, Pathology, Food Science, Off-campus
    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
    • Agronomy Maria Mozambique Wortmann (UNL)
    • Breeding Chisi Zambia (ZARI) sorghum Peterson/B. Rooney (TAMU)
    Mutaliano Mozambique sorghum Peterson/B. Rooney (TAMU)
    Muuka Zambia (ZARI) millet Wilson (USDA)
    • Economics Tembo Zambia (UNZA) Erbaugh/Larson (OSU)
    • Entomology Chitio Mozambique Pendleton (WTAMU)
    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)
    • 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
    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
    Eagle lager
    • 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
    • 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
    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
    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
  • www.icare.am
  • 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
    Political Science
    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:
    Past international experience
    World views
  • For More Information…