The Academy for Global Engagement was launched in 2014 when the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources teamed with the College of Engineering to create the one-of-a-kind fellowship program on campus. The fellowship is a year-long intensive training that offers early and mid-career faculty an innovative opportunity to expand their scholarship on a global level, while building networks across the globe and forming problem-solving relationships with international partners. Working with faculty who have passion and determination, the AGE is propelling great thinkers on MSU’s campus to use their work to contribute solutions to the grand challenges of the 21st century, including hunger and malnutrition, access to clean water, low-cost energy solutions, and the effects of climate change.
2015 Fellows developing their own challenge maps
Spartan conservationists find creative solutions for protecting human livelihood while saving wildlife in East Africa.
In many countries in Africa, wire snares are used to trap animals for food, but they’re also set by poachers to capture animals like lions, elephants, giraffes and other wildlife. Often these snares end up killing or maiming these creatures, posing a serious challenge to conservation efforts.
To meet this most basic of needs on a massive scale, Michigan State University researchers are increasing their presence throughout Africa, Asia, and Central America—key food-producing regions—and are working directly with farmers, policy makers, and government entities to increase agricultural productivity, improve diets, and build greater resilience to challenges like climate change. Backed by more than a quarter-billion dollars in international funding over the past decade, Spartan researchers are working with key stakeholders around the globe to improve livelihoods through innovative research and sustainable solutions that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded Michigan State a $5.8 million cooperative agreement to improve potato production in Bangladesh and Indonesia. The grant supports USAID’s work under Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.
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