Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Joshua Green, from Redlands Calif., was the 2nd place winner for a presentation on his research and extension experience in South Africa at the Professional Agricultural Worker’s Conference (PAWC) at Tuskegee University.

Green is a senior international agriculture and business major at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in the College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA).

As a participant in the College’s Research and Extension Scholars Program, Green is mentored under the FAMU Center for International Agriculture Trade, with Harriett Paul as his adviser. Green was able to experience a research internship through the international agriculture development with the FAMU Farmer-to-Farmer (Ftf) program in Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The Center funded the internship with a purpose to assist historically disadvantaged farmers in South Africa.

The five-week internship with the University of Fort Hare (UFH) Agripark Cooperative provided an opportunity for Green to conduct a multipurpose General Household Survey (GHS) in Eastern Cape on a total of 20 small-scale farmers in the region. Ten farmers are working with the Agripark Cooperative, and the other ten are non-Agripark farmers from the region. Green collected information for the study, which will be used by the FtF Program to obtain a comprehensive profile on the farming households in order to gain a better understanding of how to improve their economic condition.

About the PAWC presentation, Green, 22, said, “Among thirty student presenters from around the country, I was able to successfully present my paper and place in the top percentile. My paper and presentation allowed me to place second! I feel I did a superb job and I look forward to many opportunities such as this one.”

His oral presentation at PAWC was titled, “Research and Service Learning in South Africa,” and is the culmination of the field study and data analysis in South Africa. The presentation was written under the supervision of Center faculty, staff and international partners.

For more information, contact the FAMU Office of International Agricultural Programs at (850) 599-8867.

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