Institutional Capacity

Historically, the thrust of the university’s international outreach effort has emanated from the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS), the unit which houses the university’s land-grant programs.

CAFS, through its Office of International Agriculture Programs (OIAP), has been involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of sponsored international agricultural programs in the developing world (Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and South America) for more than forty-three years. These programs span the land-grant areas in teaching, research, and development outreach.

As the demand for international services grows, it is CAFS’ aim to fully globalize its land-grant programs to enhance the relevance and effectiveness of its agricultural, natural resources, and food initiatives; resulting in the production of highly skilled, globally competent individuals prepared to address the challenges of an interdependent world community.

Implementation of this strategy has resulted in advancing the internationalization of the curricula in agriculture and creating new opportunities for study aboard.  We have also broaden our scope of involvement in the developing world through international collaborative research and development assistance initiatives through a variety of public and private donors and partners.