Sarah Fischer, a spring Ohio State graduate, became interested in sustainable international development as a high school student, when she learned that her French teacher’s husband was a former child slave in Haiti. Working with the nonprofit organization that he started to free other child slaves, she learned how deforestation and lack of environmental education contribute to poverty in developing countries such as Haiti.
“At some point, I realized that it doesn't really make sense for us to go into other countries to tell them how to do things when we have so many environmental problems in the United States,” says Fischer, who received her degree in environment, economy, development and sustainability (EEDS). “So I began researching what our largest challenges were, and that’s how I got interested in promoting sustainability, specifically in the transportation and energy sectors.”
With recent food price spikes impacting global food security and a growing reliance on emerging economies to produce our world’s agricultural supplies, encouraging greater discussion on the impact that genetically modified (GM) crops have had on agricultural productivity is important, recently said Ian Sheldon, Ohio State's Andersons Professor of International Trade.
Ian Sheldon, Ohio State's Andersons Professor of International Trade, recently organized and sponsored the theme day for the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium's (IATRC) 2014 annual meeting in San Diego, California. The day focused on “Food and Resources: Conflict and Trade."
The Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) recently gathered for its annual meeting in Boston, MA from Jan 3-5, 2015 where AEDE was represented amongst the program participants. In conjunction with approximately 55 associations in related disciplines, ASSA holds a three-day meeting each January to present papers on general economic subjects. Over 520 scholarly sessions are held.
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.
Attend an upcoming Agricultural Policy and Outlook meeting in your county during December 2014 and January 2015. The meetings will feature presentations by AEDE experts on key issues in the agricultural community for 2015, including policy changes, key issues, and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment.
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.
Each summer one of the most highly anticipated events for AEDE’s faculty and students takes place: the annual meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). AAEA is the premier professional organization for agricultural and applied economists working in the U.S. At this year’s meeting, which was held from July 27-29 in Minneapolis, nearly 20 AEDE faculty and students presented their research.
AEDE's Elena Irwin and Ian Sheldon participated in a panel discussion with economist Jeffrey D. Sachs during the Ohio State University Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program and COMPAS (Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society) conference on April 4th. They shared their thoughts on sustainable development at the special event, which more than 1,000 people attended.