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FAMU Student Goes to South Africa

July 21, 2010

– Joshua Green, a senior international agriculture and business student at Florida A&M University (FAMU), is participating in a research internship with the FAMU Farmer-to-Farmer (FtF) program in Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa.  The internship assignment is at the University of Fort Hare (UFH) Agripark Cooperative, which ends August 6.

During the internship, Green will conduct a multipurpose General Household Survey (GHS) in the Eastern Cape on a total of 20 small-scale farmers in the region. Ten farmers are working with the Agripark Cooperative and the other ten are non-Agripark farmers from the region.  Green will collect information for the study, which will be used by the FtF Program to obtain a comprehensive profile on the farming households in order to gain a better understanding of how to improve their economic condition.  Green will also gain experience in the day-to-day management of the Agripark Cooperative project. He will work under the supervision of the FAMU FtF project coordinator, David Alexander.
Green, 22, from Redlands, Calif., said he plans to learn as much as he can from this experience.

“The opportunity in South Africa will help me in future endeavors in the agriculture business world,” said Green.

Green also mentioned that he is interested in doing work in South America and other African countries.

“I have always been interested in international agriculture and business because the knowledge acquired will aid me in obtaining a position within the global agriculture sector,” said Green. “I will have the opportunity to work in developing countries implementing international relief programs which focus on combating malnutrition and world hunger.”

The FAMU Office of International Agriculture Programs (OIAP) provided an internship where Green would be in an international program environment. The OIAP program director, Harriett Paul, serves as Green’s mentor during the semester research program. 

“I am confident that Joshua is well prepared for this internship assignment,” Paul said. “We look forward to utilizing the important data that he will collect during his field study, which will contribute directly to the development goals and objectives of our South Africa FtF program.”  

According to Paul, the collaboration between the two CESTA programs is an excellent example of how to build synergies to add value to programs that promote student international research and experiential learning, while contributing to the education, research and outreach goals of on-going college programs.

Green’s research study is funded by the FAMU College of Engineering Sciences, Technology & Agriculture (CESTA) Research and Extension Scholars Program. The scholars’ program provides paid research opportunities to a pool of advanced students who are required to conduct cutting-edge research and extension (outreach) work in scientific areas related to agricultural sciences or engineering sciences and technology.

For more information, contact the FAMU Office of International Agriculture Programs at (850) 599-8867 or visit www.famu.edu/farmertofarmer.

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