Universities collaborate for agricultural education and training


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 25, 2014) – Starting today, Tuskegee University will host a two-day annual meeting to bring together all the partners of the InnovATE (Innovation for Agricultural Training and Education). The project is a consortium of four U.S. Universities (Virginia Tech, Tuskegee, Penn State and Florida) and seeks to cultivate the human and institutional capacity necessary for developing countries to promote rural innovation needed to achieve sustainable food security, reduce poverty, conserve natural resources and address other rural problems. 

The project will define and disseminate good practice strategies, approaches, and investments for establishing efficient, effective and financially sustainable agricultural education and training institutions and systems. InnovATE will support country programs for agricultural education and training reform and investment. Read more information, www.oired.vt.edu/innovate

As a part of this meeting, two events aimed at a wider audience are planned. One is a seminar at Henderson Hall with a top-ranking USAID official aimed at faculty and students, while the other is a workshop to teach about the nuances of international scoping visits for those interested in overseas development work. The seminar speaker is Clara Cohen, a senior science policy adviser at the USAID/Bureau for Food Security in Washington, D.C. Cohen will speak on “The Feed the Future Initiative of USAID: Overview and How Can You be Involved?” The seminar is from 2- 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the Henderson Hall auditorium. 

A workshop entitled, “International Scoping Visits,” is from 1-5 p.m. on Thursday, at the Kellogg Conference Center and will be facilitated by Tom Hammett of Virginia Tech University and Ntam Baharanyi of Tuskegee University. The workshop is aimed at faculty and technical staff interested in international development work through the USAID/InnovATE project with a focus on strengthening agricultural education and training (AET) systems in developing countries. 

To RSVP for the workshop, contact Baharanyi at baharany@mytu.tuskegee.edu. For more information about the meeting, contact Baharanyi or C.S. Prakash at prakash@mytu.tuskegee.edu or 334-727-8023.

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