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USU’s Research and Technical Assistance Activities in Africa


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USU’s Research and Technical Assistance Activities in Africa

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USU’s Research and Technical Assistance Activities in Africa

  1. 1. USU’s Research and Technical Assistance Activities in Africa Presentation to Africa : Rising Prospects Conference August 26, 2009
  2. 2. Cape Verde Senegal The Gambia Cameroon Uganda Malawi Lesotho
  3. 3. Country Water Agriculture Rangeland Burkina Faso O Cameroon O Chad O Cape Verde O O O The Gambia O Lesotho O Kenya/Ethiopia O Malawi O Niger O O Senegal O Tanzania O Uganda O O
  4. 4. Current Projects and Activities • Global Livestock Collaborative Research Support Program (GL-CRSP) project in Ethiopia and Kenya – PI Layne Coppock, Environment and Society – Operated for 11 years – Purpose was to help nomadic and semi-nomadic herders (pastoralists) diversify income as a response to cyclical intense droughts
  5. 5. 60+ CAGs formed in Kenya and Ethiopia since 1997 - are operating independently Over 2500 members affecting at least 10,000 people Generating significant amounts of economic activity and opportunity
  6. 6. Other Current/Recently Past African Activities • Burkina Faso – Irrigation institutions (Hill and Merkley) • Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Guinea – Irrigation (McKee and Keith) • Ecology of large mammals – South Africa (du Toit) • Water systems – Ethiopia (Kaluarachchi) • GIS systems – Senegal (Hubbard) • Early Childhood Development – Rwanda (Austin) • Faculty-led study abroad – Kenya and Ethiopia (Coppock)
  7. 7. Educational Project in Development with Mali • Utah universities working with Mali Rising Foundation to develop opportunities for Malian students to study in Utah and for Utah students to have experiences in Mali
  8. 8. Gorongosa National Park Project • Located in central Mozambique • Was once a well-visited and heavily-animal populated park. War of independence and civil war almost eliminated the animals and destroyed the tourist industry
  9. 9. USU graduate Greg Carr has taken on Gorongosa as a personal mission and has asked USU to partner with him. His purpose is to restore the park and use it as an engine of economic growth and development for the people in this part of Mozambique
  10. 10. Possible Gorongosa Activities • Student service activities • Research • Technical assistance Thank You!