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  • Strategic Travel Funding

    The Provost and the Dean of ISP have made available funds to develop international strategic partnerships with particular universities and institutions of higher education and research abroad, focused on themes in which a critical mass of MSU faculty are engaged.

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  • Academy for Global Engagement

    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.

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    2015 Fellows developing their own challenge maps

     

  • Snares to Wares

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    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.

     

  • Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD)

    CGC’s Human and Institutional Capacity Development strengthens agriculture and natural resources practices in developing countries by identifying and addressing the root causes of performance gaps in partner institutions and improving performance through ongoing monitoring systems.

  • Modernizing Extension Agricultural Service Project (MEAS)

    The Modernizing Extension Agricultural Service Project (MEAS): Extension systems in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central America need to undergo significant change if they are to effectively serve the food security and economic development needs of resource-­‐poor men and women farmers

  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy

    The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy, whose focus is helping USAID-supported countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to fight hunger, reduce poverty and improve nutritional outcomes through better food policy

  • Feed the Future Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development Program

    Development (BHEARD) Program - Honoring the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug, this major new effort is focused on increasing the number of agricultural scientists and strengthening scientific institutions in developing countries. The program is supporting long-term training of agricultural researchers at the master’s and doctoral levels and is linking scientific and higher education communities in Feed the Future countries and the United States.

  • Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI)

    More recently MSU has launched the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI).  As part of the Higher Education Solutions Network, the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation’s overall goal is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of USAID programs, through an innovative and cost-effective partnership with scientists and practitioners from academia, the private sector, and strategically chosen research and development laboratories, thereby building a sustainable consortium of global problem solvers.

  • The USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes

    The USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes and its predecessors the Dry Grain Pulses Collaborative Research and Support Programs and Bean/Cowpea CRSP -

  • The One Health and Emerging Communication Technologies for Behavior and Decision-Making Initiative

    MSU is successfully executing a NIH project - The One Health and Emerging Communication Technologies for Behavior and Decision-Making Initiative.  This initiative brings together the perspectives of social science researchers with scientists in human, animal, and ecosystem health to determine key research questions for using new and emerging communication technologies for understanding and facilitating

  • Open Educational Resources: AgShare Project

    The main project that MSU has been involved in is AgShare I & II.  The aim of the AgShare project is to create a scalable and sustainable method of filling critical gaps in agriculture related curriculum through a redesigned MSc process.

  • Rwanda: Women’s Leadership Program in Agriculture

    Rwanda: Women’s Leadership Program in Agriculture: MSU is implementing a leadership training and higher education partnership in agricultural sciences with the University of Rwanda and Washington State University.

  • Food Safety Knowledge Network

    Food Safety Knowledge Network (FSKN) is a joint initiative of Michigan State University and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), with the specific aims to: 1) develop internationally recognized competences in relation to food safety for individuals at all levels and in all sectors of the food supply chain, and 2) promote knowledge transfer within the food safety community.

  • Agro-Ecosystem Services: Linking Science to Action in Malawi and the Region

    Agro-Ecosystem Services (AgESS): Linking Science to Action in Malawi and the Region, a USAID-funded Higher Education for Development Capacity-Building Africa-U.S. Partnership Project. This project builds on MSU’s twenty-five year relationship with the University of Malawi (UNIMA).

  • African Biosafety Network of Expertise

    Regulatory barriers are the key bottlenecks for the development and deployment of Genetically Engineered (GE) crops in Africa. To build the regulatory capacity, the NEPAD Agency in partnership with Michigan State University launched the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) in 2010 to assist member states enact workable policies and build functional biosafety systems. The ultimate goal of ABNE is to create enabling policy environments so that regulatory decisions can be made by the National  governments and safe biotech crops can reach to millions of smallholder farmers in Africa.  

  • Africa-US Integrated Health Management

    Africa-US Integrated Health Management: Capacity Building in Integrated Health Management of Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses: The central aim of this program is to enhance higher education capacities for research, education, policy, and agricultural community engagement in Eastern and Central Africa (ECA) in order that evidence-based strategies for economic development through zoonotic disease management in the One World, One Health model and sustainable food security may be achieved.

  • MSU CVM’s Tri-Lateral Approach: MSU-TANUVAS-Makerere University

    MSU CVM’s tri-lateral approach: MSU-TANUVAS-Makerere University: MSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has a long-standing record of capacity building with partners such as TANUVAS in India and Makerere University, Uganda in the areas of companion and production animal medicine. MSU collaborated with TANUVAS to conduct an international conference at TANUVAS in 2006.

  • The Center for Gender in Global Context

    The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) serves as the primary unit at MSU for coordinating activities related to gender and development. The center is nationally recognized for its Gender, Development, and Globalization program (GDG; formerly known as the Women and International Development/WID), which promotes teaching, research, and outreach specifically on international development and global transformation as they affect and are affected by women and gender relations.

  • College of Veterinary Medicine

    Animals play a vitally important role in biomedical research. Comparative and basic research conducted by veterinarians and other researchers in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University is helping to find the cure for numerous diseases affecting animals and humans.

  • Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)

    Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has joined with several U.S. Government (USG) supported agencies to support Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER). Administered by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), PEER is a competitive grants program that invites scientists in developing countries, partnered with USG-supported collaborators, to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics with strong potential development impacts. This innovative program is designed to leverage the investments other USG-supported agencies have made in scientific research and training while supporting the initiatives of developing country scientists

  • Strengthening Tenure and Resource Rights (STARR) IQC

    The objective of STARR is to support USAID strategic objectives by addressing constraints to non-transparent and ineffective land tenure and property rights systems. Ethiopia: Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND) Program and Global: Tenure and Global Climate Change are the two task orders that have been awarded under the STARR IQC.     

  • Masfrijol: Feed the Future Innovation for Collaboration Research on Grain Legumes

    With a focus on beans, Másfrijol is designed to mobilize the expertise and experience of the Legume Innovation Lab and its network of partners to strengthen the USAID Mission to Guatemala’s efforts to achieve its Feed the Future strategic development goals for the country. Másfrijol is therefore an innovative approach that combines agricultural and nutritional interventions and utilizes 4-wheel drive vehicles and community-based public technicians to reach households at their doorsteps to address the unique needs of the Guatemalan highlands.\

     

  • Building Partnerships: Community for Zero Hunger

    Building Partnerships: Community for Zero Hunger

    The Center for Global Connections has developed a partnership with the Community for Zero Hunger.   The Community for Zero Hunger draws on the expertise and insights of international agencies, governments, and academic and research institutions, private sector and non-governmental organizations all working together to identify effective and sustainable solutions to each aspect of the UN Zero Hunger Challenge. 

  • Rwanda Independent Study Program

    Rwanda Independent Study Program

    In 2015 an elite team of students from Michigan State University, Washington State University, and the University of Rwanda will collaborate and apply their economic skills in a real world scenario. Students will work together on teams to develop solutions for business and value chain challenges in Rwanda’s international coffee industry.

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  • Building Partnerships: Turkey

    In February 2014, a multidisciplinary team of faculty and administrators from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources traveled to Turkey. The delegation was facilitated by the CGC and the Center will continue to serve as the point of contact for opportunities. The delegation’s main objective was to establish collaborative partnerships with private and public sector stakeholders in the agri-food sector. CANR is interested in developing research partnerships and international study opportunities for CANR graduate and undergraduate students.

     

     

  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes

    The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes (formerly the Pulse CRSP) contributes to economic growth and food and nutrition security through knowledge and technology generation that strengthens grain legume (e.g., bean, cowpea, pigeon pea, etc.) value chains and enhances the capacity and sustainability of agriculture research institutions that serve grain legume sectors in developing countries of Africa and Latin America.

  • Rwanda Women’s Leadership Project

    Michigan State University and the University of Rwanda are working to create a gender-sensitive Master of Science program in agribusiness that will promote women’s leadership in agriculture, lead to increased opportunities for export, and train agribusiness professionals with strong analytical and business development skills.