Global Food Security in Action

Dave Marshall and team fighting Stem Rust in Pakistan and awarded Abraham Lincoln Honor Award

Congratulations to Dr David Marshall.  The USDA Pakistan Team, made up of ARS and FAS personnel has won the USDA Abraham Lincoln Honor Award in global food security.  This was “For delivering technical assistance, food assistance, and training to Pakistan resulting in improved seed varieties, agricultural practices, and animal and plant disease control”. To quote the attached “This is the most prestigious Departmental award presented by the Secretary and recognizes exceptional leadership, contributions, or public service by individuals or groups who support the mission/goals of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).”

Dave is inthe field in Pakistan with Dr. M.Yaqub Mujahid, National Coordinator , Pakistan Wheat Research, National Agricultural Research Center, Islamabad (left), Dr. M. Imtiaz, CIMMYT–Pakistan, Country Representative for WPEP (Center).  WPEP is the USAID-sponsored program that contracted USDA-ARS and USDA-FAS to collaborate, advise, and implement the development of new wheat varieties having resistance to Ug99 stem rust in high-yielding, adapted genetic backgrounds. The major collaborators are CIMMYT and PARC (Pakistan Agricultural Research Council).  The website for WPEP iswww.wpepforpakistan.org.

NCSU Signs an MOU with Bioscience East Africa ILRI Hub.

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On August 8th, Director General Appolinaire Djikeng met with Provost Warwick Arden, CALS Dean Richard Linton, and other campus faculty and officials, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the research partnership between NC state and BecA-ILRI Hub in Nairobi Kenya.  NC State has research in progress on sweetpotato, potatoes and cassava at the BecA-ILRI hub.

Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Symposium. Over 100 participants gathered at NC State for the Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Symposium, March 23-24, 2016.

New  Grants Award.  Dr. Linda Hanley Bowdoin awarded 5 million dollar NSF Partnership International Research and Education grant for her work on the biology of DSC07621cassava virus diseases in East Africa. Linda is shown here with colleague Dr. Joseph Ndunguru from Tanzania formulating ideas at a Bellagio Conference, April 2014.

Partnerships with Makerere University.  Dr Jean Ristaino, the Director of the Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Cluster, recently visited Uganda with an NCSU team that signed an Uganda-1100px-1100x619MOU with Makererre University. The NC State team included Dr Derek Aday, Dr James Kiwanuku-Tondo, Dr. Jean Ristaino, David Dixon, Dr. Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi, Dr. Sheila McKoy, Dr. Jeff Braden and Dr. Paula Cray

Dean Rich Linton accompanied the team in Uganda and visited  DSC00279NaCCRI and NARRL outside Kampala and learned about research projects conducted by CALS faculty including Dr. Craig Yencho’s Gates funded sweet potato breeding program and Dr. Ristaino’s research on potato late blight

Bellagio Conference Held in  Italy.  A Bellagio Conference  was held on Emerging Plant Diseases in East Africa, April 2014. Dr. Jean Ristaino was principal investigator and Dr. Linda Hanley-Bowdoin was co-principal investigator for the recent collaborative conference “Emerging groupphotoscolorInfectious Plant Diseases of Africa in the Context of Ecosystem Services.” The international conference held April 8 to 12 at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy. Attending were 19 participants who worked to develop a strategy to mitigate impacts of emerging plant diseases in Africa.