Brown Bag: Promoting Technical Transformation And Financial Inclusion Among Smallholder Farmers In Africa

Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series Mario Miranda will discuss two interrelated factors that have been identified by development economists as critical impediments to wider adoption of improved technologies among smallholder farmers in developing countries: lack of access to credit and riskiness of income due to the vagaries of weather. He will focus on his experiences in Ghana, …

Brown Bag: Culture, Agriculture And Shrubs: Improving Soils and Crop Yield in West Africa

Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series The Sahel is an ecologically fragile environment where in-season drought periods are common, causing chronic low yields, crop failures, and long-term food insecurity. Biologically based systems are needed that utilize local resources and can buffer against drought in the Sahel. Two native shrubs, Piliostigma reticulatum and Guiera senegalensis, coexist with row crops …

Brown Bag: Exploring The Role Of Women In Food Security

Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series Women have been identified as key players in improving household food security. However, they face many challenges. There are many interventions that have targeted women to help them bring in addition income or to help with their agricultural production. Working in Cameroon and researching in Ethiopia have provided opportunities to see two …

Marty Kress Named Executive Director of GWI

Effective January 1, 2017, Marty Kress has been appointed to head the Global Water Institute at Ohio State. Kress served as the interim director of the Global Water Institute (and its former incarnation the Global Water Initiative) for nearly two years prior to this appointment. Kress led the development of the institute by synthesizing the perspectives and strengths of a …

Brown Bag: The Sustainable and Resilient Tanzania Community Program

Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series The Sustainable and Resilient Tanzania Community Program (SRTC) is an interdisciplinary, international service-learning program for students, faculty and staff across several Ohio State departments and Tanzanian partners. SRTC Program co-founder Joe Campbell will discuss the program’s participatory, values-based approach working with the village of Marwa and the Same District (Tanzania) to bring …

Brown Bag: Health And Demographic Surveillance In Africa: Experiences From The Last 25 Years

Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series Africa is the world region with the least information on population health.  Most civil registration and vital statistics systems in Africa cover a small fraction of the population and produce data that are not useful.  Consequently, the empirical basis for understanding population dynamics and population health in Africa is surprisingly thin.  Professor …

New “Voices From The Field” Brown Bag Series Focuses On Africa

The Global Water Institute and the Center for African Studies announce a new informal lunchtime forum to highlight the work of Ohio State faculty who have had significant experience working in Africa. The series is intended to provide networking opportunities for faculty, students and members of the general public. Speakers will share an account of their experiences doing scholarship or …

EVENT: EPN Breakfast Club: We All Need Healthy Rivers

In honor of World Water Month, the Environmental Professionals Network program will be jointly presented with the Water Management Association of Ohio. We All Need Healthy Rivers Keynote speaker: Bob Irvin, CEO and President of American Rivers Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:45 am Location: Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center Cost: $15 (breakfast and keynote address only) $30 …

Ohio State A Leader For Global Education

Ohio State was recently ranked in the top 10 nationally among doctoral institutions for the number of students studying abroad and is in the top 20 for its international student enrollment, according to the 2016 Open Doors Report, an annual survey published by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and …