The institutions are advancing social agriculture to help farmers achieve economic profitability while promoting environmental sustainability.
The idea that it takes millions or billions of dollars to make a significant difference in social agriculture is being dispelled by the University of Arizona and Saudi Arabia institutions.
Working in partnership to develop pilot farming projects with price tags of less than $50,000, the institutions are advancing social agriculture to help farmers achieve economic profitability while promoting environmental sustainability.
Food, clean water and energy – our planet is challenged to meet these basic needs, especially in the harshest environments.
To help solve these global problems, faculty members from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences are teaming up with partners at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, or KAUST, on the Red Sea Coast, north of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Kevin Fitzsimmons, Cooperative Extension specialist from the College of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, received the President's Volunteer Service Award Apr. 21, 2014. This national honor was given in recognition of Fitzsimmons' extensive volunteer efforts with Winrock International, a non-profit volunteering organization.
In 2007, Sidrotun Naim learned from her professor that the University of Arizona housed the world reference lab for shrimp diseases. She emailed Dr. Donald Lightner, Professor of Veterinary Science and Microbiology about her interest. Dr. Lightner responded quickly, informing her that Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons, Director of CALES International Programs was currently in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Luckily that's exactly where she was as well! They met and discussed her interest. Dr.
The University has been awarded more than $1.7 million from USAID to help develop aquaculture in Myanmar.
A University of Arizona-led partnership was awarded a grant of more than $1.7 million from the United States Agency for International Development to help develop an aquaculture industry that will be central to Myanmar's strategy to rejoin the global economy.