EARTH signs cooperation agreement with international research center CIAT

Filed Under: EARTH News
Date: February 18th, 2014

On February 5th, EARTH University signed a cooperation agreement with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), a world leader in sustainable agriculture research and promotion based in Colombia. This new partnership will open up many possibilities for collaboration between EARTH and CIAT, including student internships, access to research material for graduation projects, development opportunities for faculty and potential employment for alumni.

EARTH also signed a similar agreement with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture of Africa (IITA) in February of 2013. IITA, headquartered of Nigeria, is internationally renowned for their research on poverty, malnutrition and food security.

Both CIAT and IITA are non-profit research centers dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture, especially among small producers and impoverished communities. They are also members of the Consulting Group for International Research Centers (CGIAR) a consortium of 15 research centers from around the world that work together to fight poverty and food insecurity.

Dr. Luis Pocasangre, EARTH professor and head of the Reach Unit, facilitated the signing of both cooperation agreements and states that “I think this is a particularly significant achievement, as these agreements allow us to participate in initiatives for research, development and training in areas of mutual interest.”

By combining the talent and resources of CIAT, IITA and EARTH, we hope to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

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