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UF INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT IN HAITI AND BEYOND

IFAS INTERNATIONAL SPRING WORKSHOP 2012


March 21, 2012 9:00 am to 12:30 pm Reitz Union - Lecture Hall Room 282

PROGRAM
9:00 - 9:10 Opening Remarks
Dr. Marta Hartmann, Agricultural Education and Communication IFAS International Programs Advisory Team (IPAT) Chair

9:10 - 9:45

A Better Tomorrow for Haiti: UFs Public Health Initiatives in Rural Haiti
Dr. Michael Perri, Dean and Robert G. Frank Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology, College of Public Health and Health Professions

9:45 - 10:20 10:20 - 10:35

The WINNER Project: Challenges and Opportunities


Florence Sergile, Coordinator, Haiti Program, IFAS International Programs

Introduction to Breakout Group Discussions: Objectives and Expectations


Dr. Walter Bowen, Director, IFAS International Programs

10:35 - 11:00 11:00 - 12:30

Coffee Break Breakout Group Discussions


Trilateral Cooperation on Food Security (US-Brazil-Mozambique) Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI) in Tanzania Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) Further Advancing the Blue Revolution Initiative in the Middle East (FABRI) Agriculture and Health Initiatives in Haiti Peace Corps Master's International (MI) Program at UF

Marta Hartmann, Agricultural Education and Communication, IPAT Chair Reza Ehsani, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, IPAT Vice-Chair Dan Culbert, Okeechobee County Extension Service, IPAT Secretary Ariena van Bruggen, Plant Pathology and Emerging Pathogens Institute, IPAT member Alyssa Cho, Agronomy, IPAT Graduate Student Representative Valerie Anderson, Horticultural Sciences, IPAT Undergraduate Student Representative Walter Bowen, IFAS International Programs, Director, IPAT ex officio member

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

UF INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT IN HAITI AND BEYOND


IFAS INTERNATIONAL SPRING WORKSHOP 2012 CONCURRENT BREAKOUT GROUP SESSIONS 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
COUNTRY/ REGION
1

PROJECT/INITIATIVE***

PRESENTER

FACILITATOR

Brazil 2 Mozambique USA


3 4 5 6

Haiti

Agriculture and Health Initiatives in Haiti Trilateral Cooperation on Food Security (U.S.-BrazilMozambique) Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI) Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) Further Advancing the Blue Revolution Initiative (FABRI) / Water & Livelihoods Initiative (WLI) Peace Corps Masters International (MI) Program at UF

Tanzania Global

schmink@latam.ufl.edu

Marianne Schmink Kathy Colverson


kearl@ufic.ufl.edu kbarrick@ufl.edu

Florence Sergile
fsergile@ufl.edu sasa@ufl.edu

Steve Sargent

Sky Georges Elihu Isele

ROOM # Reitz Union

282 362 363

USA, various countries

Middle East and North Africa

Greg MacDonald
pineacre@ufl.edu

srusso@ufic.ufl.edu

Sandra Russo

Kirby Barrick

Tshi Tshi Kalala Viviana Giraud Alyssa Cho

276-277 272-273 284

Holly Reed

*** A 1-2 page description of each project or initiative can be found in the pages accompanying this table.

Agriculture and Health Initiatives in Haiti

Watershed Initiative for National Natural Environmental Resources (WINNER) In Haiti, UF/IFAS is a partner with Chemonics (an international development company) on the USAID-funded project, Watershed Initiative for National Natural Environmental Resources (WINNER). UF/IFAS is leading efforts that focus primarily on providing technical assistance and training in the areas of watershed management, livelihoods, and agricultural production, post-harvest handling, and marketing of agricultural inputs and outputs. We are working with farmers to increase productivity, expand incomes, strengthen their organizations, revitalize hillsides, and intensify production through improved use of inputs, labor, water, know-how, and equipment, while protecting the environment. To facilitate farmer training, UF/IFAS has worked with WINNER to set up several Rural Centers for Sustainable Development, which house technical leaders and provide farmer training and demonstration sites for improved livelihoods, productivity, and natural resources management in each watershed. At least 26 UF faculty from various academic units and UF/IFAS Research & Education Centers have provided technical assistance to the WINNER program since its inception late 2009. The project is also funding eight Haitian students who are seeking M.S. degrees at UF. Seven of the students began their MS program during January 2011, while one started August 2010. During September 2011, The USAID Administrator, Dr. Raj Shah, visited the WINNER project in Haiti, including a visit to the Bas Boen rural development center that UF/IFAS helped set up. The program duration is 5 years, from June 2009 to May 2014. The present level of funding for UF is $1,556,171.

A Better Tomorrow for Haiti A Better Tomorrow for Haiti is a school-centered, community-based approach in which the University of Floridas College of Public Health and Health Professions works in collaboration with the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population, non-government organizations, and local schools in the Gressier region of Haiti, to integrate public health, agricultural best practices, and economic development to improve the health and well being of Haitians and to develop individuals with high ethical and moral character to lead Haiti to successful self-sustaining economic development. At the current time, this initiative has four major objectives: Continue ongoing earthquake-related relief efforts, including rebuilding local schools and reestablishing nutrition programs that provide animal-based protein to school-aged children. Establish school-based Family Wellness Centers to monitor the health of children and their families and to institute programs for community-based health promotion. Construct an infectious disease field laboratory to research, monitor, and contain the outbreak of critical diseases such as cholera and malaria. Development of vocational training programs and the implementation of microfinance strategies to enhance the productivity and sustainability of family-owned agricultural enterprises in rural Haiti.

Agriculture and Health Initiatives in Haiti (cont.)

University of Florida-Haiti FAMV Partnership: Delivering High-Quality Academic Programming in Agribusiness This project is a partnership between the University of Florida and the State University of Haiti (UEH): Facult dAgronomie et de Mdecine Vtrinaire (FAMV). This partnership targets four primary goals, which in turn guide a comprehensive set of program activities. These goals are to: 1) Build and strengthen partnerships between the FAMV faculty and the Haitian Business Community; 2) Upgrade and update course content and improve the teaching-learning environment of FAMV; 3) Develop market-responsive curricula that is timely, relevant and representative of actual business conditions in Haiti; and 4) Develop Haitian human capital in agribusiness, through both formal university education with targeted outreach/extension training. Project highlights, to date include: A skill gap analysis, based on interviews with industry, non-governmental organizations, and the public sector, that provided the basis for suggested changes to curriculum and teaching; Formal training in teaching pedagogy; Application/adoption of teaching pedagogy training in FAMV classrooms; Development of extension-based materials for Haiti; and Hosting of the Haitian National Agribusiness Symposium. The original program duration was three years but the earthquake of January 2010 delayed the project by 18 months. The present level of funding for UF is $297,433.

Trilateral Cooperation on Food Security (U.S.-Brazil-Mozambique) Background The University of Florida (UF) has been awarded a $7.9 million Cooperative Agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to negotiate, plan, coordinate, and implement the USAID-funded component of the Trilateral Cooperation Agreement between the United States and Brazil. Trilateral cooperation is where two governments partner to implement technical cooperation and development activities in a third country, in this case Mozambique. Goal and Objectives The goal of the trilateral program is to cut poverty and hunger in Mozambique by improving agricultural productivity, food security, and human nutrition through the joint efforts of U.S., Brazilian, and Mozambican partners. All activities are aligned with Feed the Future (FTF), the U.S. Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative (www.feedthefuture.gov). Mozambique is one of 20 focus countries where FTF is working to reduce poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. As a strategic partner in the FTF initiative, Brazil brings expertise and resources that complement those of the U.S. and offer the possibility of more effective capacity building, technical assistance, policy engagement, and promotion of development for the benefit of Mozambique. The program is focused on two main objectives: Improve the institutional and human resource capacity of the Institute of Agricultural Research of Mozambique (IIAM) to conduct research on horticultural value chains to determine the best intervention options along the food supply chain from inputs, to production, to marketing and processing, and to consumption. To facilitate the coordination of activities along a value-chain approach, teams of specialists have been formed around three main components: (1) socio-economics, (2) production systems, and (3) postharvest and processing technologies. The program also focuses on understanding gender-based constraints and ways to enhance participation and leadership by women in value chains. Improve the institutional and human resource capacity of the Ministry of Education for implementing sustainable school feeding programs that link local agricultural production and agro-processing. School feeding is an important platform for delivering nutritious food and for potentially improving the health and cognitive ability of school-aged children. Partner Institutions U.S.: USAID, University of Florida (lead institution), and Michigan State University (partner). Brazil: Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC Agncia Brasileira de Cooperao), Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation), National Fund for Educational Development (FNDE Fundo Nacional de Desenvolvimento da Educao). Mozambique: Institute of Agricultural Research of Mozambique (IIAM Instituto de Investigao Agrria de Moambique), Ministry of Education Department of Production and School Feeding within the Office of Special Programs (MINED). Program Duration and Funding January 2011 December 2014; $7,905,241

Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI)


Purpose : The Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI) aims to strengthen training and collaborative research capacities of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and the Tanzanian National Agricultural Research System (NARS). Goal: The goal is to improve food security and agricultural productivity in Tanzania. The project purpose is aligned with the themes and road map of the USAID Feed the Future (FtF) initiative and the Government of Tanzania ( GoT) Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme Compact and Agricultural Sector Development Programme (ASDP). Objectives: Establish a program of collaborative agriculture research with SUA and NARS; Provide advanced degree training in agriculture for 120 Tanzanian graduate students; Strengthen capacity of SUA to develop and implement instructional, internship, and outreach programs; Promote cooperation between SUA, U.S. universities, and global south universities. Partnership Arrangement: iAGRI is a partnership of Tanzanian institutions and The Ohio State University Consortium (OSUC), a group of six U.S. land grant universities, including The Ohio State University (OSU) as lead institution, Michigan State University (MSU), Virginia Tech (VT), University of Florida (UF), Tuskegee University (TU), and Iowa State University (ISU). The OSUC partners have many years of experience in human and institutional capacity development in agriculture in Africa, including a history of collaboration with SUA and NARS institutions in Tanzania. Other U.S. land-grant institutions and global south institutions, such as Punjab Agricultural University (India) and EARTH University (Costa Rica), will provide training and technical assistance inputs. Approach : iAGRI draws upon successful development approaches to agricultural and nutrition-related research, extension, and education, building on participant institutions experience with the U.S. land grant model. These approaches reduce training and technical assistance costs, increase program relevance to development needs, and engage stakeholders, including the private sector, NGOs, and civil society representatives. The project is responsive to Government of Tanzania and donor priorities. -------------------------------------------------------------------------Project Director: Dr. David Kraybill (kraybill.1@gmail.com; +255-788298633); Deputy Project Director: Dr. Isaac Minde (mindeisa@msu.edu; +255-752409256); Project Manager: Dr. Mark Erbaugh (erbaugh.1@osu.edu; +1-614-292-7252). Needs Assessment: The first major activity of iAGRI will be to assess the need for institutional capacity-building, longterm training, and collaborative research within SUA, the NARS, and extension services. Assessment team members will come from SUA, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC), and the OSUC universities. MAFC includes NARS and extension. Collaborative Research: Institutional collaboration is fostered through the following elements: A research priority-setting workshop following the needs assessment Project Advisory Board Trainees supervised by paired advisors from SUA U.S./global south universities Thematic Working Groups/Stakeholder Working Groups Collaborative Research Grants Programs with external grant reviewers Long-Term Graduate Degree Training: The goal of iAGRIs long-term training component is to boost the research, teaching, and outreach performance of SUA and the research performance of NARS. Degree training needs and priorities will be identified during the needs assessment. Training needs that address cross-cutting development themes will be identified and used to set training priorities.

Tripartite SUAU.S. UniversityGlobal South University Cooperation: To bring a diversity of perspectives, the project will enlist a number of universities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to host long-term degree trainees and visiting researchers from Tanzania. OSUC faculty members will assist in supervising the research projects of trainees and will participate in curriculum development, teaching of short courses and workshops, and other capacity-building activities in Tanzania. ------------------------------------------------------------------------iAGRI Office: Sokoine University of Agriculture, Administration Building, Room 339, P.O. Box 3114, Chuo Kikuu, Morogoro, Tanzania.

Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) Project


The Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) Project implemented by a University of Illinois-led Consortium supports development of efficient, effective and sustainable rural extension, information, and advisory service systems. Food security, economic growth, social stability, and adaptation/mitigation of environmental change depend on innovation, as rural people change in technologies, management systems, and institutions to meet evolving opportunities and needs. Many USAID activities depend on such changes to achieve program impact, especially sustainable impacts. Rural Extension and Advisory Systems: Expanding capacity for rural innovation requires strengthening extension systems, broadly defined to include varied extension, advisory and information services that: Provide advice to farmers on agricultural production, marketing, conservation, and family livelihood Facilitate development of skills and organizations and links with other programs and institutions Transfer new technologies to farmers and rural people

Extension programs of the 1960s-1980s focused only on public sector service delivery. Many of these past investments were productive, with an IFPRI review of 289 studies of economic analysis of agricultural technology projects finding median rates of return of 62.9 percent for extension, 48 percent for research projects, and 37 percent for combined research-extension projects. However, many past investments in extension whether in public systems or NGO and value chain projects have not been maintained. New approaches to extension recognize that systems must be tailored to country conditions and program objectives. There are no silver bullets in standard approaches or organizational models. Public-private partnerships drawing on the full range of resources in public, private and civil society organizations and application of all available information and communications technologies (ICTs)provide new opportunities to effectively serve information and knowledge needs of rural people. MEAS seeks to be a Network of Excellence to promote and support such innovations in development of performance-based extension systems. MEAS Approach: As a strongly demand-driven service project, MEAS will bring resources of US universities and their partners to bear on extension system development. The project emphasizes participatory approaches and collaboration with development partners under three components: 1. Training - disseminating Modern Approaches to Extension through user-friendly training materials and good practice notes and training programs that promote new strategies and approaches to rural extension and advisory service delivery. 2. Research - analyzing and documenting lessons learned and good practice through success stories, case studies, evaluations, pilot projects, and action research.

3. Advisory services - designing modern extension, information, and advisory services projects, programs, and institutions in the public and private sectors. Modernizing extension and advisory services will mean different things in different countries. Often, this involves expanding the role of private sector entities, integrating ICTs into rural extension systems, ensuring extension service accountability to farmers/clients, and redefining roles of government. This requires program design for best fit of organizations and approaches to the country context. Principles emphasized in new approaches to extension include: local planning and implementation, institutional pluralism, private sector approaches, demand-driven response to client needs, participatory planning and implementation, cost sharing, effective use of mass media and ICTs, market-orientation, linkages with other government services, and results orientation. Initial support has gone to Bangladesh, Mali, Liberia, Rwanda, Egypt, Tajikistan, Malawi, and Nepal. Consortium Partners: The MEAS Project Consortium includes the following members. University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. Michigan State University University of Florida University of California Davis Cornell University North Carolina A & T State University Catholic Relief Services Cultural Practice, LLC Winrock International Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education Sasakawa Africa Association with the Global 2000 Program The International Food Policy Research Institute Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

Options for Mission Access to MEAS Services: USAID Mission and offices have various options for accessing MEAS support for initiatives for extension to improve food security, nutrition education, value chain development and environmental adaptation/mitigation/conservation programs. Such assistance can support local institutional capacity development in line with USAID Forward local procurement strategies. 1. Core Program Support: Core program resources are target definition and dissemination of good practice for improving extension services. Missions may draw on project analytical work and training materials. Limited centrally-funded support is available for country scoping assessments, training, case studies, and other activities. 2. Buy-ins to the Leader Award: Country Missions may buy-in to the Leader Award for in-depth assessments of extension needs/capabilities, training, design work, evaluations, or pilot projects. For such buy-ins, Missions develop scopes of work in conjunction with MEAS. Core project funding may be available to co-finance some such activities. 3. Associate Awards: Missions may fund Associate Awards for technical assistance, training, and implementation of activities for capacity building, reform and development, and/or delivery of public or private extension services. Associate Awards are procured and managed by the Mission with simplified procurement procedures and certification by the recipients. Contact Information: Missions may contact the MEAS project through contact information on the website: www.measextension.org/home. For procedures for Associate Awards contact BFS: (galex@usaid.gov) or see ADS 303.3.26 Leader/Associate Awards (www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/303.pdf).

Further Advancing the Blue Revolution Initiative (FABRI) in the Middle East and North Africa The University of Florida (UF) is a partner with DAI (prime contractor) on a new USAIDfunded initiative in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that focuses on water-related issues. The initiative, referred to as FABRI (Further Advancing the Blue Revolution Initiative), will establish a new regional water network called the Middle East and North Africa Network of Water Centers of Excellence (MENA NWC). The regional network will address longstanding water issues in the region through research, policy, and outreach efforts in partnership with five major U.S. research universities; in addition to UF, the other universities are Utah State University, the University of California at Davis, Texas A&M University, and the University of Nebraska. Currently, the regional partners include 20 national research institutions and universities in Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia, and West Bank/ Gaza, together with four international research centers in Oman, Sri Lanka, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates. The universities and research institutions will partner to design and carry out research on water use efficiency and productivity, water and energy, non-conventional water use, groundwater, and water and sanitation. It is expected that research results will help governments, the private sector, and civil society work in harmony to strengthen integrated water resources management, improve the long-term viability of water and sanitation service providers, rationalize water allocation and use, and encourage collaboration among transboundary river basins. Relationship building and partnerships will be crucial to the success of the project. The FABRI emphasis on uniting a geographically dispersed group of individuals and institutions working in the water sector will support USAIDs commitment to strengthen regional platforms, foster transboundary water cooperation, and improve utility performance and financial viability. Middle East Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI) The University of Florida is a partner with the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), along with four other US universities, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and a host of national agricultural research systems and universities on the Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI) in seven countries in the Middle East. WLI aims to improve the livelihoods of rural households and communities in areas where water scarcity and quality deterioration as well as land degradation are prevalent. Research-based integrated water and land management strategies are being pilot tested in selected benchmark sites that are representative of the three major agro-ecological zones in the region rainfed, irrigated, and rangelands. Funded by USAID, the WLI works in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen. http://www.icarda.org/wli

Irrigated Agroecosystem

Rainfed Agroecosystem

Rangeland Agroecosystem

Peace Corps Masters International (MI) Program at UF The Peace Corps Master's International (MI) program offers the unique opportunity to integrate a master's degree with overseas service in a variety of fields at more than 80 academic institutions nationwide. Established in 1987, MI produces Peace Corps Volunteers with additional education and skills needed to serve overseas and allows students to earn a M.S. degree along the way. The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UF will begin participation in the MI program beginning in Fall 2012 and will offer both thesis and nonthesis tracks within the Master of Science degree programs of the departments of Agronomy, Agricultural Education and Communication, Animal Sciences, Entomology and Nematology, Food and Resource Economics, Forest Resources and Conservation, Horticultural Sciences, Plant Pathology, and Soil and Water Science. The program will provide Masters-level training in the following relevant Peace Corps assignment areas: applied agriculture, agribusiness, agroforestry and forestry, business development, and environment/natural resources. In addition to the distinct coursework required for the MI program, the M.S. program of study will be designed to provide the fundamental science and technical expertise required in the chosen disciplines. The MI curriculum will include a common course sequence with courses in global perspectives and planned change management, as permitted by the participating departments. The goal of the program is to provide a unique Masters degree opportunity for students wishing to combine international education and community service in the agricultural and related sciences. The program fits seamlessly into the strategic initiatives within CALS. It is anticipated that the program will attract an average of at least 10 students per year, so by year three we expect 30 students in the program. Additionally, the Graduate Coordinators in each of the nine academic units listed above would provide student advising and assist in the placement of students with appropriate faculty. There are no foreign language requirements for these CALS M.S. degrees; however, MI students would be encouraged to apply for up to 6 credits of language courses toward their degree requirement if appropriate. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours will be required with 12 to 15 of these credit hours in the major or core subject area. In general, we envision a 3.5 to 4 year time frame for completion of the program. The majority of coursework will take place in Year 1. Students will be encouraged to matriculate in the fall semester, take 9 credits (typically 3 courses) fall and spring and 6 credits during summer, then depart for their 27month Peace Corps service. Upon return, students will enroll for the remaining 68 hours of course work and complete the remaining requirements for the degree. A comprehensive examination will be required and could be taken prior to departure, or upon return, depending on the preferences of the student and their Supervisory Committee. Greg MacDonald, UF/Agronomy Department, will assume the responsibility of administering the MI program.