The World Knowledge and Technology Access Program (WorldTAP) is an education, training, technology transfer and capacity building program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. WorldTAP draws upon expertise from Michigan State University and around the world to offer short-term and long-term training programs, advisory services, and consultations in diverse areas of agricultural research and development. WorldTAP helps build institutions, human resources, provides access to information resources, and facilitates technology transfer to enhance agricultural productivity and food security globally.
WorldTAP offers expertise, training, and capacity building programs in the following areas: agricultural biotechnology, intellectual property rights and technology transfer, environmental biosafety, food safety, food processing, packaging and value addition, animal agriculture, science and technology communication, water management and agroecology, integrated pest management, sustainable agriculture, and extension.
Through WorldTAP and CANR WorldTAP programs more than 12,000 academic and non-academic stakeholders have benefited from over 325 educational programs offered at MSU and internationally in various countries. To date, these programs and their beneficiaries include:
- 115 International courses offered at MSU: Over 2,700 participants
- 180 Training programs and workshops offered internationally: Over 9,500 participants
- 15 Internship programs conducted at MSU: 15 participants
- 4 Training of Trainers (ToTs) programs conducted at MSU: 19 participants
- 14 International study tours (“Seeing is Believing”) organized in Asia and Latin America: 168 Participants
- USDA-FAS Cochran International Fellows hosted at MSU: Over 200 International fellows
- USDA-FAS Norman E. Borlaug International Fellows hosted at MSU: 44 International fellows