SEAS's Agroecology Program Makes Waves

The Agroecology Program has been busy this semester not only locally, but nationally and internationally. As part of a memorandum of understanding for training and research collaboration between Florida International University and Universidad Nacional de Agricultura in Honduras (NAUH), Dr. Krish Jayachandran hosted a week long workshop for a group of 25 students from NAUH. The workshop serves to contribute to FIU’s Worlds Ahead global engagement initiative. The students were received by the College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kenneth Furton and Vice President for Engagement Divina Grossman who advised them of FIU’s commitment to international education and exchange visits. Throughout the week, Dr. Jayachandran and the Agroecology students gave the visitors a tour of FIU’s Agroecology, Environmental Sciences and Applied Research Center labs, the organic garden, farmers’ market, USDA research stations, and several private farms in Miami and Fort Meyers.

In other Agroecology news, Dr. Mahadev Bhat participated on a panel of Federal Funding Agency Representatives, which included USDA, NIH, NASA, HUD, and NEA, at a conference on National Grants Development. The conference was webcast nationally to more than 160 universities. Dr. Bhat was invited to speak on "Collaboration in Grants Development." For the first time in a national forum, his presentation featured the USDA-funded, Florida-Caribbean Consortium for Agricultural Education and Hispanic Workforce Development (FCCAgE). FCCAgE is a multi-million dollar collaborative grant led by FIU in conjunction with Miami Dade College, St. Thomas University, and Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, and funded by the USDA Hispanic Serving Institutions Higher Education Program. The grant will increase Hispanic diversity in USDA workforce and bolster agri-science education at FIU and throughout South Florida and the Caribbean.