The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Global Programs Office connects students and faculty to the world. Meaningful international engagement opportunities allow faculty and students to serve globally, enrich communities at home and abroad, and develop partnerships to address the most-challenging issues faced by society.
CALS in the World
The 2019 Global Agricultural Productivity Report, "Productivity Growth for Sustainable Diets, and More," released today by Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, shows agricultural productivity growth – increasing output of crops and livestock with existing or fewer inputs – is growing globally at an average annual rate of 1.63 percent.
According to the report’s Global Agricultural Productivity Index, global agricultural productivity needs to increase at an average annual rate of 1.73 percent to sustainably produce food, feed, fiber, and bioenergy for 10 billion people in 2050.
Virginia Cooperative Extension is engaged in ongoing programming and partnerships in Senegal, Kenya, Brazil, and Ireland. These activities not only offer participants the opportunity to work with colleagues in other countries and contexts, but also help them refine skills useful in working with diverse audiences and addressing complex challenges in their home communities. Read more.
Professor Rose Mwonya, Vice Chancellor of Egerton University recently traveled to Virginia Tech. The highlight of her visit was the signing of a new and expanded Memorandum of Understanding between Egerton and Virginia Tech, which will facilitate engagement across the breadth of the universities. Read more.
CALS in Service
Virginia Tech President Tim Sands explains how the university works inside the commonwealth and across the globe to help increase crop yields while reducing the use of toxic chemicals.