Sally A. Miller, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Plant Pathology,
Ohio State University
Plant pathologists are in demand for agricultural development projects, because diseases are a limiting factor in crop production and economic sustainability. There are many types of projects designed to improve agricultural productivity in low and middle income countries (LMICs), of varying scale and funded by private and public sector entities.
Land Grant universities may participate in USAID Innovation Lab projects, which are multidisciplinary, multi-institutional long-term (10 years) projects, and afford an opportunity for involvement generally for those in participating universities, whose skill set matches the needs of the program. The USDA Foreign Agriculture Service and other programs may fund small projects and consultancies. Private foundations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are selective about the types of projects they fund and don’t take unsolicited proposals.
There are as many ways to become involved in agricultural development projects as there are projects, but all rely on developing a skill set that is in demand, networking with like-minded individuals so that one’s interests are known, being alert to opportunities, and following through on assignments.
What Will Listeners Learn?
- The definition of international development in the context of plant health
- Examples of development projects relevant to plant pathologists |
- How to get involved in development projects
Who Will This Webinar Benefit? Plant pathologists with a sense of adventure and willingness to make a difference