News and Updates

Collaborating in Cuba

by |December 3rd, 2015

Pedro Sanchez, director, and Cheryl Palm, research director, traveled to Cuba in November to meet with counterparts and discuss possible collaborations. They met with individuals at the Ministry of Agriculture and The Nature Conservancy and visited an Agricultural Production Cooperative as well as a farm. They met with United States Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis and attended… read more

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AgCenter expertise on global food security

by |December 3rd, 2015

The AgCenter and Earth Institute were well represented at the recent Second International Conference on Global Security, which was held at Cornell University on October 11-14.  Read here for a summary of the conference. Cheryl Palm, Research Director, was the co-chair of this large international conference, which over 600 participants from over 60 countries to… read more

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Extending SoilDoc to Nigeria

by |December 3rd, 2015

In July and August, the AgCenter held two SoilDoc trainings in Nigeria that were part of a partnership with the government of Nigeria. The training was focused on soil sampling and soil physical testing, soil analysis, and data management using an android. The first two-week training was held in Kaduna, with the second in Ibadan…. read more

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The AgCenter in Mexico

by |December 3rd, 2015

Pedro Sanchez, Director, traveled to Mexico City for meetings at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and CIMMYT to discuss collaboration with the AgCenter and other on-going research and programs at the institutes. He participated in a panel organized by UNAM on creating a National Soil Alliance. At the panel, he gave the keynote… read more

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New grant to study fertilizer use

by |August 12th, 2015

Aurelie Harou, post-doctoral research fellow, was awarded a CCI to study both the profitability of fertilizer use for maize production and also measuring farmers’ subjective expectation of yields given different quantities of organic and inorganic fertilizer applications. This work will be conducted in the Morogoro district in Tanzania in collaboration with Sokoine University of Agriculture

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Pedro Sanchez in the New York Times

by |August 12th, 2015

Pedro Sanchez, director, was recently quoted in the Fixes blog in the New York Times. In “Energizing the Green Revolution in Africa,” Daniel Bornstein wrote about improvements in agricultural productivity in Africa.  “The African Green Revolution is emerging,” Sanchez explained in the article.

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Dispelling common myths about agriculture

by |August 12th, 2015

Mark Musumba, post-doctoral research fellow, attended a workshop in Washington DC titled “Agriculture in Africa – Telling Facts from Myths.” The project, which is run by the World Bank, tests the validity of 15 commonly held beliefs around African agriculture using Living Standard Measurement Study survey data.  The data dispelled some common myths. For example,… read more

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Bringing the AgCenter to Cuba

by |August 12th, 2015

Pedro Sanchez, director, and Cheryl Palm, research director, spent nine days in Cuba attending the 2015 Soils Congress in honor of the national year of the soils; Pedro made the keynote presentation. They also were able to locate his father’s farm and travel extensively through the Artemisa, Mayebeque, Matanzas Provinces looking at soils related research…. read more

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Addressing the International Fertilizer Association

by |August 12th, 2015

Pedro Sanchez, the AgCenter’s director, was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the International Fertilizer Association, a several day meeting for the association’s 500+ member companies.  The meeting took place in Istanbul from May 25-27.

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New article on enhancing soil health by the AgCenter

by |August 12th, 2015

Several staff recently published a paper in a special issue “Enhancing Soil Health to Mitigate Soil Degradation” in Sustainability. Tully, Kate, Clare Sullivan, Ray Weil, Pedro Sanchez (2015). The State of Soil Degradation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Baselines, Trajectories, and Solutions. Sustainability 7, 6523-6552. http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/7/6/6523

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