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In partnership with USDA Cochran Fellowship Program, this program included intensive training on agricultural extension, program design, monitoring and evaluation, and public-private partnerships.
Extension faculty developed a 10-day program highlighting key associations in the meat industry distinguishing roles and functions of government agencies and the private sector. The training included quality principles and standards, new research, safety regulation and risk analysis. Conducted in partnership with the U.S.-China Scientific Cooperation and Exchange Program of the USDA.
This project will build the capacity for integrated family and youth development programs, while developing a strong cohort of adults who can support a network of educators in partnership with the University of San Carlos. The vision is to partner with the National Association of Billiard Clubs to educate youth in life skills.
This project improves food security for women farmers in southwestern Kenya through appropriate and cost-effective postharvest handling and technologies. The USDA Scientific Cooperation and Research Program funds this program. Extension participation began with the Minnesota Kenyan International Development Association (MKIDA) initiating the partnership.
In partnership with the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine, Extension supports agricultural faculty at the University of Prishtina, modernizing teaching, research and service in livestock and veterinary sciences, food technologies, and plant health. The World Learning Transformational Leadership Program is a USAID-funded project to enable higher education to produce graduates that meet the needs of a growing economy and developing state.
Extension regional staff hosted 17 farmers from Hokkaido, Japan. The participants were from the Tokachi Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives, who came to learn about agricultural systems in southeastern Minnesota.
The University of Minnesota has conducted exchange programs with the Kingdom of Morocco for more than 40 years. Efforts began in 1962 with the first Fulbright scholar and continued with support through USAID. The University of Minnesota views Morocco as a key international partner. The programs below have reinvigorated the relationship.
- Agricultural extension and advisory services is a partnership with the USDA Cochran Fellowship program. Twelve Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries officials participated in these intensive trainings on agricultural extension, program design, monitoring and evaluation, and public-private partnerships.
- Rural Leadership Training strengthens the leadership and strategic planning capabilities of rural farmers associations. U of M Extension was selected by the VEGA Alliance for the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer program to offer three leadership skills workshops in collaboration with professors from the National School of Agriculture in Meknès.
- Tourism At Your Service customer service training was adapted by the Tourism Center for use in Morocco. Extension trained Moroccan facilitators from the Rural Tourism Development Network and the University of Ibn Zohr, who were mentored while conducting the first workshop in Morocco.
OneVillage Partners, a Minnesota-based non-governmental organization, collaborates with rural communities to help them achieve their vision of a better life. They help rural community members conceive, design, implement and evaluate their programs. Extension assists the program committee with strategic thinking, guidance and feedback.
Ministry of Agriculture officials selected as USDA Cochran Fellows learned about swine production and extension education, focusing on biosecurity systems and improved genetics breeding programs implemented by local producers.