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International Programs and Opportunities at NIFA
K. F. Cardwell (1), K. F. CARDWELL (2). (1) National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Washington, DC, U.S.A.; (2) USDA, NIFA, Washington, DC, U.S.A.

The USDA mission plan has specific goals to collaborate on national and international levesl to ensure our research, education, and extension activities are representative of current priorities and take advantage of existing knowledge. The NIFA vision and strategic plan see the agency as having successful partnerships across the nation and around the world. Applicants to Foundational or Challenge Area RFAs may include international partnerships or engagement in proposals. Applicants are asked to keep in mind that while international activitiesmay contribute to global food security, as described in the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative and to solutions to natural resource and sustainability issues, any international activity proposed under AFRI such as partnerships, exchanges, training, travel, etc., must primarily support NIFA'sdomestic program goals. Applicants must describe how international activities proposed in applications will contribute to and support advances in American agriculture. If international activitiesare proposed, applicants must describe appropriate indicators such asthose posted at the global food security initiative Web site ( Additional guidance and suggested examples for possible international partnerships linked to an AFRI RFA are provided in the AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (

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