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Eudine during her internship at GreenStone Farm Credit Services.

Published: Friday, 24 Aug 2018
Author: Katie Deska
Department: Office of the Dean

Fellows stayed with nearby host families, sharing meals, watching movies and catching rides to their internship sites. During their last week of work, a few fellows harvested and prepared vegetables for market, one was introduced to bee propolis, another visited a cattle farm that conducts ultrasounds on cows and bulls, and one woman took a trip to Herbruck's Poultry Ranch, where she learned of an electricity-free method for storing eggs.


Professional Fellow at KVCC food hub looking at hydroponics

Published: Friday, 27 Jul 2018
Author: Katie Deska
Department: Office of the Dean

Chinwe Effiong, assistant dean for Michigan State University's Global Youth Advancement Network, talked with fellows about how—with the right mindset and training—the youth of Africa can be agents of change. Many fellows, who range between 25–40-years-old, are particularly passionate about this topic and are working on endeavors to strengthen local communities.


Fellows at Kalamazoo Valley Community College Food Hub

Published: Friday, 20 Jul 2018
Author: Kelsey McClure and Katie Deska
Department: Office of the Dean

While in Michigan this May, fellows participated in four weeks of internships, seminars, site visits and project development. Fellows then spent one week in Washington, D.C. for the Professional Fellows Congress, where they met fellows from 14 other host institutions. Over the next year, the fellows will continue their careers in agribusiness while implementing individual projects that build on what they've learned.


Fellows at Hunter Park GardenHouse, with manager Egypt Krohn

Published: Friday, 13 Jul 2018
Author: Katie Deska
Department: Office of the Dean

Working at their internship sites four mornings a week, the fellows began to gain experience and quickly picked up new ideas to implement upon their return to East Africa. While working side-by-side, fellows and internship hosts exchanged best practices, shared anecdotes that revealed similarities and differences among approaches to agribusiness, and laughed together as they got to know one another.


Two fellows examine the crops at Swallowtail in Flint, Michigan.

Published: Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Author: Katie Deska
Department: Office of the Dean

11 agribusiness professionals from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda arrived at Michigan State University on April 28. In town for a month, the fellows participate in internships, seminars, and workshops, and take trips to urban farms, food hubs and related centers throughout Michigan.


Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, addresses an audience at MSU's International Center. May 2018.

Published: Thursday, 10 May 2018
Author: Katie Deska
Department: Office of the Dean

During a visit to campus to receive an honorary doctorate from MSU, Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank and Nigeria's former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, led a discussion on the changing landscape of impactful research in Africa.


Adesina stands with Provost June Youatt and Dean Steven Hanson.

Published: Monday, 07 May 2018
Author: Katie Deska
Department: Office of the Dean

During the May 2018 convocation celebration, Michigan State University presented two prominent African leaders with honorary degrees in their respective fields: Akinwumi Adesina and Albert "Albie" Sachs.

Published: Friday, 02 Mar 2018
Author: Rachel Warner
Department: Office of the Dean

AAP's purpose is to promote sustainable, effective and equitable long-term partnerships among African organizations, MSU and other international organizations to address mutually defined challenges across a range of thematic issues. Toward this end, the AAP initiated activities in 2017 under three broad categories: (1) creating and refining the AAP Partnership Model; (2) building relationships and awareness about AAP; and (3) initiation of AAP programs.

Published: Thursday, 01 Mar 2018
Author: Rachel Warner
Department: Office of the Dean

Scholars, government, and the public at large have increasingly recognized higher education as an essential element for any society to address today's global challenges. However, key questions remain: Are higher education institutions and the higher education sector overall currently structured in such a way to most effectively meet this expectation? How might international partnerships contribute to institutions—on both sides of the partnership—in achieving this goal?

Published: Friday, 02 Feb 2018
Author: Rachel Warner
Department: Office of the Dean

The AAP, together with MSU's Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) hosted a pre-conference side event entitled Developing Transformative Leadership in African Universities. The main purpose of this event was to provide the audience of university leaders with concrete examples of how strong partnerships are advantageous when working towards transformative change within universities.