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Internationalizing the Land Grant Mission: Lessons from Senegal



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Ozzie Abaye, Professor, Teaching/Extension/International Development, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech; Thomas Archibald, Assistant Professor, Extension Specialist, Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, Virginia Tech; Larry Vaughan, Director of InnovATE, Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED), Virginia Tech; Thomas Thompson, Associate Dean and Director Global Programs CALS Global, Virginia Tech; Wade Thomason, Professor, Grains Specialist, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech; Demba Farba Mbaye, Chief f Party/Project Director, USAID/ERA Project, Virginia Tech, Dakar, Senegal; Mamadou LO, Research and Extension Specialist, Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA), Senegal; Abdoulaye SY, Directeur de Zone, Direction de Zone Bassin Arachidier Sud Agence Nationale de Conseil Agricole et Rural (ANCAR), Senegal; Fatou Gueye, Academic Support Officer in the implementation of curriculum development and e-Learning programs, USAID/ ERA Project, Virginia Tech, Dakar, Senegal; Glenda Snyder, Senior Extension Agent Emerita, Virginia Cooperative Extension, International Programs, 4-H Youth Development, Virginia Tech; Bineta Guiesse, Gender Coordinator and Outreach USAID/ERA, International Community Economic Development, Gender and Youth Integration in Community, Virginia Tech, Dakar, Senegal; Kathleen A. Jamison, Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Professor Emerita, Virginia Tech; and Taylor N. Vashro, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Virginia Tech (Originally published March 2018, last reviewed August 2023)

Eight women, including the author Ozzie Abaye, standing in green groundcover holding green plants with trees in the background.
Women from Santanba village collect and chop forage species for silage.

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The United States Agency for International Development – Education and Research in Agriculture (USAID-ERA) is a five-year project (extended to eight years) within the U.S. Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security “Feed the Future” Initiative ( The overall goal of the project is to revitalize the agricultural sector through education, research and discovery, and outreach. To achieve this goal, the project offered a combination of targeted short-term and long-term training programs to individuals or selected groups of participants from its Agriculture Education Training and Research partner institutions. This paper will highlight several agricultural interventions at community, private, and public sector levels using the land-grant model. Some of the agricultural interventions mentioned in the paper focus on those that have the explicit goal of improving food security by inducing multi-level institutional changes. The Feed the Future framework is to create synergies and collaborations between Senegalese and U.S. institutions to tackle the issues of extreme poverty and hunger and improve food security for all people in Senegal.

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Publication Date

August 4, 2023