FAMU Makes Partnership with India’s Anand Agricultural University Official
A delegation of top administrators and scientists from Anand Agricultural University (AAU) in India visited Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) from June 18 – 24, 2018. The visit served as a kick-off to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two universities at Anand in Gujarat, India this spring. President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., Interim Provost Rodner Wright and Odemari Mbuya, Ph.D., a professor of agricultural sciences and director of the Center for Water Resources in the FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences hosted the delegation, holding various meetings, tours of research facilities and discussions. FAMU deans and leaders representing the STEM and international education areas of the University also met with the delegation. The MOU focuses on AAU collaborating with FAMU in several areas of mutual interest, including international collaborative research, faculty exchange programs, student exchange programs, faculty courtesy appointments, online courses, joint degrees, technology transfer and capacity building. The partnership will also play a crucial role in farmer and research training in both environments, especially in the area of food security.
FAMU Hosts Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson
FAMU hosted youth, families, organizations and individuals from across the Tallahassee community on June 21 for its annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. The event was organized in partnership with the FAMU Aquatics and TEAM WLSL. It was designed to educate the public about the millions of kids that never take swimming lessons or learn basic water safety skills and the risks that are involved with children not having the ability to swim, including drowning — one of the leading causes of death. The lessons occurred simultaneously with aquatics and recreation centers in many different countries and helped to contribute to breaking the world record for the largest swimming lesson.
FAMU’s International Agriculture Programs Celebrate Impact Around the Globe
FAMU recently completed, two of its USAID supported Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Climate Smart Agriculture Projects, which included recruiting a team of 13 U.S. agricultural experts and sending them to the Gujarat (India) State to work with university extension agents, researchers, trainers of agricultural non-governmental organizations (NGO), the State of Gujarat Agricultural Ministry, and progressive farmers in Anand, Junagadh and Kutch (India) districts to encourage the use of improved agricultural practices. A total of 4,778 persons were trained by FAMU’s F2F volunteers in classroom settings during its first effort, additionally, 2,815 persons in India were directly assisted and benefitted from the expertise provided by the team of volunteers.