By 2050, the world’s population will reach 9 to 9.5 billion, and by the end of the century, the population in Africa is expected to be three times its current level, according to AEDE professor Douglas Southgate. As a result, food insecurity in Africa will be much more severe than in other parts of the world, Southgate said during the Dec. 1 kickoff of the college’s 2014-2015 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series.
Since 2011, 20 graduate students from Tanzania have become Buckeyes through the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI). The project aims to provide long-term food security in the East African nation and is directed on the ground by AEDE professor David Kraybill. Three students in the program: Boniface Massawe, Emmanuel Mgonja, and Privata Chiwondo tell us about their experience.
Now about halfway through its $25.5 million, six-year grant, Ohio State University’s Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative, or iAGRI program, in Tanzania is becoming a prototype for strengthening the capacity of agricultural universities to improve African food security for the long term. David Kraybill, AEDE professor and project director, has worked on-site at Sokoine University of Agriculture since 2011.
This summer many AEDE faculty members travelled abroad for teaching and research collaboration opportunities. One country in particular, the People’s Republic of China, hosted visits from several AEDE faculty members working in the fields of development and regional economics.
AEDE Professor Mario Javier Miranda recently returned from the Central Bank of Costa Rica where he presented a week-long workshop from December 3-7, 2012 focused on computational economic dynamics. Professor Miranda was invited to teach the workshop at the Central Bank by Roger Madrigal, Chief Economist of the Central Bank, who earned his doctorate degree from AEDE in 2004.
Index insurance, which relies on an observed value of a specified “index” or some other closely related variable that is highly correlated with losses to determine payouts, could significantly help those uninsured against environmental disasters in the developing world by providing an attainable safety net for crop protection.