New partnership to revitalize global agricultural education
“As a land grant university engaged worldwide, we at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) know that our relationships with our international partners are reciprocal, that sometimes we experience reverse technology transfer,” said Dr Jack Payne, Senior Vice-President, UF, Gainesville.
Beyond UF-IFAS Global, we’ve got ambitious plans for addressing perhaps the grandest challenge of our time: How to feed a projected 9.2 billion people by 2050 and do it in a safe, secure, nutritious and sustainable way and that our collaborations yield more discovery and contribute to the global mission,” emphasized Dr Payne.
“The ‘One Agriculture-One Science’ will see the formation of a consortium of international educators including select universities in the USA, international and regional organizations, and universities in interested regions, especially from the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa),” said Dr K Ramesh Reddy, Graduate Research Professor and Chair of Soil and Water Science Department, UF-IFAS.
“The initiative is a strategic coalition of partners anchored on innovative knowledge networks, public-private partnerships, and novel educational approaches to revitalize global agricultural education to better contribute to food and nutritional security,” stressed Dr Dileepkumar Guntuku, Global Leader, Knowledge Sharing and Innovation, ICRISAT.
A partnership framework under the ‘One Agriculture-One Science’ umbrella was developed during the workshop with all participating partners expressing commitment to the joint initiative. A dedicated website for this initiative was also launched (http://www.oneagriculture.org/).
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