US Land Grant Universities

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences(CALS) at Cornell University has had a longstanding relationship with State Universities in India, as well as other public and private organizations, to develop various agricultural education and extension programs.

CALS established its Cornell-In-India program in the early 1990s in collaboration with Sathguru Management Consultants. During the last two decades the Cornell-Sathguru partnership has been involved in significant interventions in India resulting from successful programs at various levels. These include the executive education programs along with several successful projects and alliances, not only in India but throughout Asia. The Cornell-In-India program is unmatched among its peers and is the largest of its kind among U.S. land-grant institutions for implementing agricultural and food security programs in India and the sub-continent. Cornell University, with support from USAID, initiated the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) project to promote education and extension in the Indo-Gangetic Plains.
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The Ohio State University is a comprehensive, globally engaged, land-grant university. It has a long history of collaboration with institutions of other nations, particularly in agriculture, natural resources and related fields.

This includes long-term capacity building programs funded by United States Agency for International Development, Food and Agriculture Organization, World Bank and other donors in Brazil, Burma, Dominican Republic, Somalia and Uganda, as well as in India. The history of collaboration with Indian agricultural higher education and research institutions dates back over half a century. It began with efforts to create educational and research institutions in northern India like the agricultural universities in (what are now known as) the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. The Ohio State University has maintained strong ties with Punjab Agricultural University, its principal Indian partner. This institution played a major role in India’s Green Revolution through the adaptation of high-yielding varieties of wheat and rice in the Gangetic Plains of North India and their dissemination to farmers in the region.

The University of California, Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ (CA&ES) International Programs (IPO) has a rich tradition of working with Indian organizations and colleagues.
CA&ES is the leading provider of research, technology and training for California’s 132-billion-dollar agriculture and environment industry and IPO is CA&ES’ window to the world, facilitating short- and long-term trainings, curricula development, research/extension projects, and global programs in several countries like Afghanistan, Chile, China, Egypt, India, Iraq, Kenya, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. IPO co-hosts with the Department of Plant Science the Horticulture Collaborative Research Support Program (Hort CRSP) and works with the center members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) to bring the benefits of modern science to poor farmers in countries such as Haiti, Honduras, Kenya and Vietnam.

With over 180 active international agreements in more than 50 countries, The University of Georgia (UGA) has a history of successful international research and development, outreach, and education projects.
International education, including gender equity, at UGA, is very strong. The university is ranked fifth among all colleges and universities in the U.S. in terms of student participation in international study. Almost 30 per cent of UGA undergraduates will have studied in other countries before they graduate. Managing international research programs like the Peanut Collaborative Research Support Program (Peanut CRSP), funded by USAID, and conducting coordinated and collaborative research with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), give faculty and students of UGA access to the world’s best scientific advances in agricultural disciplines. The University of Georgia has been a lead institution on Peanut CRSP for more than 20 years now and has managed the project in Asia, Africa and Eastern European countries.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UI) is a globally preeminent university with a noteworthy record of involvement in international projects.

On any given day, the faculty of the university works in over 50 countries worldwide. The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) has played a prominent role in implementing a wide range of international projects. These include helping to establish the G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, India, and the Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University in Jabalpur, India. Apart from this, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign initiated the International Program for Agricultural Knowledge Systems (INTERPAKS), which became a center for excellence in international extension and carried out extensive training, research and technical assistance programs. This has served more than 35 developing countries and hosted the Third International Conference on “Linking Markets and Farmers: Exploring Leading Practices to Foster Economic Growth in Rural India�? in Delhi, which explored innovative institutional arrangements and new business models for linking domestic and international consumer markets with producer organizations, rural entrepreneurs, and communities.

Tuskegee University (TU) has extensive experience and insight into teaching agriculture and food sciences, especially to students with disadvantaged backgrounds.
Tuskegee University thus brings in considerable amount of knowledge because of its legacy in serving under-represented communities and resource-poor farmers, and can draw from its current strength in agricultural education and extension, biotechnology and animal science programs. Tuskegee University has been historically associated with international agricultural development since Dr. George Washington Carver visited Togoland during 1899 to assist African farmers with cotton farming. The University is committed to international development, which is evident from its linkages and collaborative projects with several institutions of research and higher education worldwide, including those in India. TU scientists have undertaken several international research projects and consulting assignments, and have trained students and scientists from many developing countries in food science, agriculture and veterinary medicine. TU’s historical legacy in agricultural outreach is well known. It was among the first universities to appoint an agricultural extension agent in the U.S. (Mr. Thomas Campbell). TU has links with many Indian institutions of higher learning and has participated in many collaborative research and teaching projects.

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