Last week November 2 and 3rd, 2015, Mr. Ajay Markanday, Director of FAO-North American Programs, Washington DC office and his Science Advisor, Ms. Margarita Diubonova visited CSU to form FAO-CSU partnership in the area of Climate Smart Agriculture. CSU is the only land grant university that is founding member of the Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture (GA-CSA) and FAO recognizes CSU as a leader in CSA. Mr. Markanday met President Tony Frank, VPR Alan Rudolph, VPE Lou Swanson, CAS Dean Ajay Menon, other leaders, many faculty members and graduate and undergraduate students. He presented a seminar at the Lory Student Center sharing FAO’s history, vision
and mission, and how FAO plans to address the Sustainable Development Goals.
The intent of the partnership is multi-prong.
- Build and promote the FAO-CSU relationship by involving all interested colleges and units across the CSU campus to address the global world food security challenge particularly through the Climate Smart Agriculture mission and objectives.
- Facilitate collaboration between FAO and all interested CSU colleges and units to bring greater attention to key issues around climate smart agriculture with high-level stakeholders, U.S. government, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and corporations.
- Provide mutually beneficial opportunities to engage CSU students and faculty from all interested colleges and units in FAO offices worldwide and for FAO staff to learn about CSU tools and programs.
- Support collaboration between the organizations on sharing existing research, tools and methodologies and explore opportunities for joint research.
The College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Ajay Menon and his senior leadership are currently working on solidifying this partnership with FAO. Once established, there will be opportunities and resources for both, faculty and students, to engage with FAO office in Washington DC, in Rome, and other places where FAO has missions around the world.
Special thanks to Dr. Keith Paustian, Professor of Soil & Crop Sciences for co-hosting the FAO visitors along with CAS-Office of International Programs, and also for engaging FAO in detailed scientific discussions pertaining to Climate Smart Agriculture and other allied interests.