Minnesota is part of an increasingly connected global society, which benefits from exchanges in education, research and development.
Extension engages with scientists, teachers and learners around the world, and with a diverse society at home. Efforts build capacity locally and internationally to enhance livelihoods, while building a national network of professionals with expertise in similar initiatives.
Current efforts are funded through partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, grants from other partners and donor gifts.
Extension Global Initiatives programs meet at least one of three criteria:
- A Minnesota-based organization is a partner or collaborator
- The program supports a wider University of Minnesota initiative
- Unique Extension expertise meets a critical need
Extension Global Initiatives connect University research and education/training to learners in:
- Family Development Hosts Visitors from Guatemala (Family Matters blog, Aug. 2016)
- Strengthening Minnesota's Global Network (Source magazine, Winter 2016)
- MN-Morocco conference (Sept. 2015)
- University of Minnesota Global Programs and Strategy Alliance
- Feed the Future (A U.S. government initiative)
- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
- Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS)
- Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services
- USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Center for International Programs
- USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Trade and Scientific Exchanges Division