Recently, I represented MSU at an international convening of experts and practitioners organized by the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, Italy.
January 11, 2016
Recently, I represented MSU at an international convening of experts and practitioners organized by the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, Italy. The discussions at the workshop focused on identifying thematic trends and knowledge gaps in the rural development challenges facing smallholder producers in developing countries. The participants emphasized the need to increase the volume and quality of research-based evidence needed to spur policy reforms and institutional innovations for sustainable rural development. As I listened to several of the debates and conversations, I was reminded of the quality research and outreach engagements of AFRE faculty members and students in international development and other areas of expertise. Most of the topical research areas discussed at IFAD highlight the cutting-edge work already being done by AFRE scholars.
As this year draws to a close and we look forward to the beginning of a new calendar year, it is a good time to reflect on our recent accomplishments. Overall, 2015 has been a very good year for the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics (AFRE). Below are a few highlights:
Subsequent articles in this newsletter provide tangible examples of the strength and wide reach of AFRE faculty and professional staff members and students in developing research-based evidence and practical solutions necessary for addressing the challenging issues facing today’s agricultural and food systems. Although we have come a long way, there is more work to be done, and we have the right skilled people with the needed ingenuity to do it.
Here’s to an exciting and professionally impactful 2016. Happy holidays to everyone!!!