International Agriculture Day - CAES Reception
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Ga.
UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recognizes international service and scholarship
By Merritt Melancon
University of Georgia
From rice fields in western Africa to sheep pastures in Uruguay, students in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental sciences travel the world each year to learn how to build a more food-secure future.
This international engagement not only builds their understanding of global agricultural systems, but also helps students make connections between their classroom education and the global goal of doubling the world’s food supply by 2050.
Sam Pardue, dean and director of CAES, challenged the students gathered at the college's International Agriculture Reception to finish the job started during the Green Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s.
Because of improved crop varieties and planting practices, farmers reduced the percentage of the world population who suffer hunger from one-third of the human population to one-tenth of the population between the 1970s and the 1990s.
“I’m excited by many of you in this room who will be a part of the next green revolution,” Pardue said. “And one day, just like we’ve eradicated diseases, we will be able to eradicate hunger from this world. It’s a mission that we all can embrace, and I am looking forward to seeing what the next 20 or 30 years of your efforts will bring.”
CAES faculty, students and administrators gathered Tuesday, April 19, to celebrate the college’s international mission and accomplishments at the sixth annual International Agriculture Day reception.
Keynote speaker Ann M. Steensland, deputy director of the Global Harvest Initiative, told students and faculty that successful solutions for feeding the world’s hungry have to be created in concert with the farmers and community members on the ground in developing countries and in our own backyard.
“As we’re looking at meeting the challenge of 2050, we need to think locally as well as globally,” Steensland said. “We need think creatively. We need to be flexible and we need to listen as much as we talk. And if we do that, and we really work with and respect the people we’re working with in the field, I think we have a real chance to meet this challenge and to bring a lot of people along with us.”
The students and faculty members gathered at Tuesday’s event exemplified this idea of global citizenship and cooperation.
The CAES Office of Global Programs, which hosts the International Agriculture Day Reception each spring, honored some of the college’s most globally minded students with travel grants, scholarships and awards. Students who will graduate this year with UGA’s International Agriculture Certificate were also recognized.
Students honored Tuesday include:
William A. Corbett Purpose and Passion Scholarship
This award is given by Jean Corbett Fowler in memory of her father, William A. Corbett, and supports graduate student participation in international education, internship or research experience.
Edward T. and Karen Kanemasu Global Engagement Award
This award recognizes a student who goes above and beyond in internationalizing his/her academic program at UGA.
Global Programs Graduate International Travel Awards
These awards will be used to fund an international activity that supports the student’s interest in international collaboration and in global issues. The award covers round-trip air fair to an international conference or research site.
CAES Global Citizen Award
This award recognizes an undergraduate student in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who has embraced global citizenship through participation, promotion and leadership of international initiatives during his/her collegiate career.
Agriculture Abroad Photo Contest
This contest is open to all CAES students and encourages them to share images of agriculture from around the world.