OSU’s international presence honored

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COLUMBUS — One of the oldest international offices at Ohio State University, which was honored as International Organization of the Year by the Columbus Council on World Affairs, tackles some of today’s most pressing global issues.

Since 1955, the Office of International Programs in Agriculture within the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has been addressing food security and environment management challenges around the world.

Significant

Today, its efforts are even more significant as developing countries work to stabilize food crises and as climate change reshapes agriculture and the environment.

Through grants and contracts, the Office of International Programs in Agriculture supports international scientific discovery and learning through agricultural research, collaborative programs between college faculty and international institutions and educational outreach by supporting visiting international faculty and students.

The office managed a multi-year a portfolio of more than $3.2 million in grants in 2007 that supported projects in such countries as Egypt, India, Costa Rica, Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia and Kazakhstan.

What projects covered

The projects covered agricultural exports, rural income, food processing, environmental research, marketing strategies, micro-finance, integrated pest management, food safety and on-farm water management.

Conversely, more than 60 international visitors from 16 countries visited Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, either to learn more about Ohio agriculture, to pursue an education or to participate in various programs or research projects.

Ohio State University was recognized by the Columbus Council on World Affairs for its outstanding contributions to international education and its commitment to global outreach.

Learn more

To learn more about the Office of International Programs in Agriculture contact Mark Erbaugh at 614-292-7252 or e-mail erbaugh.1@osu.edu.

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