Not only is the global population growing, demand for food is expected to rise while resources remain scarce. Professor Philip Pardey blends evidence from biology, agroecology, and economics to find the innovations needed to tackle these challenges.
The 2016 Student NAMA team, comprised of students from Applied Economics, Ag Ed and other CFANS majors, competed with thirty other collegiate teams from the US and Canada in Kansas City, MO during April of 2016 for the annual competition. The
teams, which placed in the top ten, was to market the product was NorthStar Shrimp, produced locally in Pierz, MN.
Seen here amongst her other team members holding the semi-finalist plaque is Paige Durhman, ApEc student and NAMA president. Coaches for the team consisted of Ward Nefstead (ApEc), Bob Olsen (Marketing
consultant and CFANS alumni) and Jaycee Hoyt (Accenture).
Professors Tade Okediji and Claudia Parliament along with students and staff took a recent study abroad trip to South Africa that focused on the issues constraining agricultural development in a poor, rural region. This trip allowed students a better understanding of apartheid, cooperatives, income and racial inequality, and the role of government in promotion jobs and income, while addressing the question of how government can effectively intervene to increase economic growth and well-being. This opportunity provided not only a wealth of knowledge but time for fun, new experiences as well. Read more about their experiences on the Learning Abroad Website.
Hans Binswanger-Mkhize presented, "Decentralization, Empowerment and Rural Development" at the 2016 Vernon W. Ruttan Lecture on Science and Development Policy this Spring. Hans was able to spend time chatting with students, Applied Economics faculty, alumni and Emeritus who were able to attend his lecture. He is presently Professor Extraordinaire in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and Adjunct Professor in the School of Economics and Management, China Agricultural University.