The OSU Board of Trustees approved a $24 million project to improve agricultural productivity and food security in Tanzania. One objective of the project is to provide training for 120 Tanzanian graduate students to help improve agricultural practices, develop agricultural value chains, and improve nutrition in this developing country. Another is to facilitate and fund collaborative research on food security and nutrition, involving faculty from OSU and the five other consortium universities working jointly with Tanzanian researchers.
This five-year grant, funded by the US Agency for International Development, involves collaborative research by a consortium of US universities including The Ohio State University, Michigan State University, Tuskegee University, the University of Florida, Virginia Tech, and Iowa State University. AEDE professor David Kraybill will serve as project director and will be based at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania. Mark Erbaugh, Director of International Programs in Agriculture in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at OSU will serve as stateside project manager. There will be various opportunities for AEDE faculty and students to be involved in the project.