Grad students: Apply for international ag experience with Trellis Fund

The Horticulture Innovation Lab is now recruiting graduate students with agricultural expertise to participate in nine new Trellis Fund projects in Africa and Asia.

U.S. graduate students from North Carolina State University, the University of Florida, the University of California, Davis, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 4, 2016.

Selected students will work to support a six-month project, with 100 hours of remote work and also travel for 1-2 weeks of in-country work. Projects will take place during 2017 in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Cambodia and Nepal.

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Nine new Trellis Fund projects awarded

The Horticulture Innovation Lab has announced nine new projects in Africa and Asia as part of its Trellis Fund program.

Each of these six-month projects is funded with a $2,000 grant, with work scheduled to begin in 2017. A U.S. graduate student with related expertise will be matched to each project, to provide additional agricultural knowledge and support for local goals.

“We are pleased to build new relationships with local organizations, with support from our innovative Trellis Fund program,” said Elizabeth Mitcham, director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab at the University of California, Davis. “We believe this model, which links knowledgeable U.S. university students with local, on-the-ground practitioners, can help further extend horticultural expertise to farmers nearby.”

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Newsletter: Trellis awards, student opportunities, more

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Hello there! With the school year starting and fiscal year closing, we have entered a busy time of year for our program with many new opportunities, partners to meet, reports to write, and events to attend. Without further ado, here is the latest news from the Horticulture Innovation Lab. Please consider sharing highlights with your colleagues.

TRELLIS PROJECTS AWARDED; STUDENT RECRUITMENT BEGINS The Horticulture Innovation Lab has selected nine new Trellis Fund projects led by organizations in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Cambodia and Nepal. Continue reading Newsletter: Trellis awards, student opportunities, more

Events launch irrigation project in Guatemala

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Meagan Terry, MásRiego project manager

Editor’s note: Meagan Terry, UC Davis junior specialist and project manager for MásRiego, reports from Guatemala on the opening events for the Horticulture Innovation Lab’s new project there, which promotes drip irrigation and conservation agriculture.

After months of planning and a week of events, our new MásRiego project now has a team ready to work, and together we have officially launched the project. Here are some details about our recent training and launch event.

For three days in late August, Kansas State University researchers — Manuel Reyes and Ruth McDaniel — trained six agricultural technicians and eight youth promoters that will make up part of the team of MásRiego staff located in Continue reading Events launch irrigation project in Guatemala

Welcome to Erin McGuire, new associate director

The Horticulture Innovation Lab has selected Erin McGuire to serve as the program’s new associate director.

Erin McGuire
Erin McGuire, associate director for the Horticulture Innovation Lab

McGuire is an alumna of UC Davis, where she earned a master’s degree in international agricultural development and worked on a number of projects for the Horticulture Innovation Lab as a student and a staff analyst.

She has a lifelong interest in farming and nutrition policy, and her father owns a small farm. McGuire was most recently the policy director for the National Farm to School Network based in Washington, D.C., and previously served as the director of outreach for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).

“Farmers can play an important role in improving nutrition for their communities — and increasing economic activity as well, especially in rural areas,” she said. “I’ve always loved being in the field and working with farmers directly, being able to bring their views into policy decisions and helping raise their voices for the greatest impact.”

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