AIARD is pleased to announce it's 2018 class of AIARD Future Leaders Forum participants. AIARD awards twelve FLF scholarships annually, on a competitive basis, to students who have shown a demonstrated interest and outstanding record in addressing international agriculture and rural development issues and their solutions. These outstanding students will attend the 2018 AIARD Annual Conference and will visit a variety of NGOs, USAID and consulting firms to gain insight into career opportunities in international agriculture and rural development. Congratulations to these outstanding students:
Tegan Walker, Auburn University
Armen Ghazaryan, Colorado State University
Sharon Tusiime, Iowa State University
Susan Karimiha, Louisiana State University
Getrude Mphwanthe, Michigan State University
Evania Robles, Texas A&M University
Rael Otuya, Texas Tech University
Elisabeth Garner, The Pennsylvania State University
Genna Tesdall, The Pennsylvania State University
Anna Waller, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Alexis Villacis Aveiga, Virginia Tech
Deus Mugabe, Washington State University
Learn more about the Future Leaders Forum here.
AIARD has recently joined the Alliance to End Hunger. The Alliance engages diverse institutions to build the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad. The Alliance to End Hunger is a coalition of over 90 members —corporations, non-profits, faith-based organizations, universities, foundations, international organizations, and individuals.
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The AIARD Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2018 AIARD awards for a) Distinguished Service, b) Special Service, and c) Young Professional.
Learn more about how to nominate an award nominee here.
Egypt Science & Technology Joint Fund Cycle 19 request for Collaborative Research and Junior Scientist Development Visit Grant proposals
The U.S. – Egypt Science & Technology Joint Fund Cycle 19 request for Collaborative Research and Junior Scientist Development Visit Grant proposals is now open. Collaborative Research Grants foster research collaboration between Egyptian and U.S. scientists, with up to $200,000 USD available for each country’s research team. Junior Scientist Development Visit Grants provide up to $30,000 USD for short term non-academic training visits for Egyptian researchers to go to U.S. institutions. Researchers from U.S. and Egyptian scientific institutes, universities, research centers, and governmental agencies are eligible to apply. U.S. researchers from private sector companies are also eligible to apply.
Applications will be accepted for research in the four general areas of agriculture, energy, health, and water. All proposals must be within one of the below priority or eligible topics, or propose work at the nexus of two or more of the four general areas.
Priority Topic: Translational research into water issues related to smart agriculture, with a focus on agriculture technologies and water irrigation, reuse, and management
Eligible Topics: Smart agriculture; irrigation; prevention, detection, and response to livestock diseases
Priority Topic: Translational infectious disease research that strengthens prevention, detection, and response for humans and/or animals
Priority Topic: Translational cancer research
Eligible Topics: Cancer; immunology; infectious diseases; anti-microbial resistance (AMR)
Eligible Topics: Energy storage systems; new trends in energy technology and innovation
Eligible Topics: Desalination technology; wastewater management and reuse
Other Priority Topic: Responsible conduct of research in any of the four general areas
Applications will be accepted until the deadline of March 8, 2018 at: www.nationalacademies.org/egypt.
Consistent with the recommendations in the SMART Investment report, AIARD is joining the Farm Journal Foundation and others in supporting the following amended 2018 Farm Bill Language (proposed language in red):
Section 1402 of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977
SEC. 1402. ø7 U.S.C. 3101 PURPOSES OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH, EXTENSION, AND EDUCATION. The purposes of federally supported agricultural research, extension, and education are to--
(1) enhance the competitiveness of the United States agriculture and food industry in an increasingly competitive world environment;
(2) increase the long-term productivity of the United States agriculture and food industry while maintaining and enhancing the natural resource base on which rural America and the United States agricultural economy depend;
(3) develop new uses and new products for agricultural commodities, such as alternative fuels, and develop new crops;
(4) support agricultural research and extension to promote economic opportunity in rural communities and to meet the increasing demand for information and technology transfer throughout the United States agriculture industry;
(5) improve risk management in the United States agriculture industry;
(6) improve the safe production and processing of, and adding of value to, United States food and fiber resources using methods that maintain the balance between yield and environmental soundness;
(7) support higher education in agriculture to give the next generation of Americans the knowledge, technology, and applications necessary to enhance the competitiveness of United States agriculture; and
(8) maintain an adequate, nutritious, and safe supply of food to meet human nutritional needs and requirements.
Section 1402 of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3101) is amended by adding a new item (5) as follows:
(5) “Support international scientific collaboration to advance food and agricultural interests of the United States such as addressing emerging plant and animal diseases, improving crop varieties and animal breeds, and improving food production systems.”
[renumber existing paragraphs (5) through (8) as paragraphs (6) through (9)
AIARD hope this would encourage and facilitate more collaborative science, which is mutually beneficial to both U.S. and overseas producers. It could also strengthen the collaborative relationship between USDA and USAID on agricultural research and innovation, both in terms of planning and execution.