Africa2Ag Week slated for Aug. 27-31 at University Park

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The annual Africa2Ag week, sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will be held at the University Park campus, Aug. 27-31, during the first week of the fall semester.

With the theme, "The Next Generation of African Agriculture: Youth, Innovation, Science and Technology," the event will feature a series of free educational presentations and other events, which are open to everyone. The goal of Africa2Ag Week is to heighten awareness of the connections between Africa and Penn State, according to Thomas Gill, assistant director of international programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

"We are holding this week-long series of events focused on Africa to build strong collaborations with African partners and to increase awareness of African agricultural development -- spotlighting Penn State's role in this arena," he said. "We want to increase student, staff, faculty and extension awareness of global issues and involvement in international programs."

Several events will highlight the week:

-- Monday, Aug. 27, 3:30-5 p.m., Africa2Ag week launch event at Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library. At 4 p.m., Rob Crane, director of Penn State's Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Development in Africa, will offer welcoming remarks.

-- Tuesday, Aug. 28, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 29, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Africa Collaboration Colloquium at the Nittany Lion Inn ballroom. Registration is required. To register, send an email to Deanna Behring, director of international programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences, at Participation is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. More details are available online.

-- Wednesday, Aug. 29, 1-5 p.m., Symposium: "Youth in African Agriculture: Engaging the Future," at the Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom A/B. Register online.

-- Thursday, Aug. 30, 4:45-6:45 p.m., "Study Abroad in Africa: Connecting Penn State and African Youth," in 118 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building. Speakers will be students from Africa-based study-abroad programs, including CYEC-Kenya, Parks and People Tanzania and CAS Mozambique-South Africa.

-- Friday, Aug. 31, 1:30-2:30 p.m., special departmental seminar: "Strengthening Young People's Skills and Opportunities for Social Transformation Through Civic Engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa," in 215 Armsby Building. The featured speaker will be Alan Kerins, representing the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Africa2Ag Week is part of the College of Agricultural Sciences Ag2Africa initiative, which provides a focal point for new and ongoing collaborations in Africa.

The initiative's objectives include promoting new technologies to address drought, poor soil fertility, pest damage and low crop yields; training leaders, scientists and educators in Africa; building extension and outreach programs to translate best practices in the field; and providing service-learning opportunities for students to apply what they've learned and become global citizens.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015