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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.

Attend the virtual GAP Report launch

On October 12, travel the world to hear from agricultural producers and researchers seeking to improve agricultural productivity and resilience amid pandemic-scale outbreaks, through the 2020 launch of the Global Agricultural Productivity Report.

A photo of two people in a market wearing masks.
April 22, 2020 - KENYA. Photo: World Bank / Sambrian Mbaabu

CALS in the World

2019 GAP Report Cover

GAP Report Cover
The 2019 GAP Report examines the pivotal role of agricultural productivity – increasing crop and livestock production using existing or fewer inputs – in achieving global goals for environmental sustainability, economic development, and improved nutrition.

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. 

4-H Group in Senegal
4-H in Senegal

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.

Vice-Chancellor Rose Mwonya and Provost Cyril Clarke celebrate the signing of a new MOU between Egerton University and Virginia Tech
Vice-Chancellor Rose Mwonya and Provost Cyril Clarke

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.

About CALS Global

  • The mission of CALS Global is to build partnerships, drive thought leadership, and create opportunities - to serve globally.
  • CALS Global values innovation in programs, positive outcomes that make a difference in the world, and connectedness with those who share our goals.
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