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Partner with CALS Global

CALS Global is your portal into Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Global Programs Office seeks partnerships with colleges and universities, nonprofits, businesses, and others wishing to work together to solve challenging problems around the world.

We're ready to connect with you. Talk with us about your ideas, including possibilities like:

  • Connecting directly with the research, discovery, and talents of the university
  • Partnerships for mutually-beneficial research collaborations
  • Faculty and student exchange opportunities
  • Tapping into our growing global network

...and more!

The APECS Project

The Agricultural Productivity Enhancement & Communicating Science (APECS) Project seeks 16 participants to take part in the Communicating Science Learning Series and the Science Communication Case Competition (S3C).

We are looking for self-nominating highly motivated and innovative early career agricultural researchers from research institutions in Kenya.

Examples of Our Partnerships

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Virginia Tech is partnering with the African Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Agriculture and Agribusiness (CESAAM) at Egerton University in Kenya. CESAAM regional partners include universities in Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, and Uganda. This World Bank-funded Centre of Excellence will contribute to regional food security by focusing on technical capacity development, innovative agricultural research, incubation and transfer of technologies, and evidence-based policy development by creating Agricultural Knowledge Centers. We partner with CESAAM to facilitate opportunities for faculty research collaboration, short-term faculty and student exchanges, academic program benchmarking, and other activities of mutual interest for the benefit of agricultural and rural development in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been a major contributor to Israel's remarkable achievements in agriculture, through its groundbreaking research and education. The world around us is changing, there is growing awareness of the state of the environment, and there is growing concern about over-exploitation of natural resources. This "new world" has led the Faculty to commit to a responsible role in preserving the environment for future generations and to search for ways to increase sustainable food and water resources. CALS Global partners with the Faculty by fostering new research collaborations among scholars in both institutions. 

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The Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) helps researchers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and others locate resources critical for problem-solving; enable effective collaboration by building skills and designing shared agendas; and connect resources and partners to form durable networks to solve development challenges pertinent to science, technology, and innovation. GKI's models for co-creating global problem-solving networks have included participants from 67 countries to date. The GKI team, in support of CALS and its inaugural faculty development cohort, will develop and deliver a series of trainings to help participants simplify their complex research challenges, refine their research pitch, and build collaboration and networking skills; all proven to be critical in developing global partner networks. 

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The PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is an Africa-focused fund that aims to help create a critical mass of highly skilled scientists, professionals and innovators in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (ASET) fields. It is an initiative of PASET. CALS has been designated as an international host university by RSIF.


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    2021 GAP Report shows slower than anticipated agricultural productivity growth , article

    CALS Global released the 2021 Global Agricultural Productivity Report (GAP Report), “Strengthening the Climate for Sustainable Agricultural Growth,” on October 20, 2021. The virtual event featured an outstanding panel with expertise in small-scale mechanization, seed system development, livestock genetics, and farming in Europe.

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    CALS Global at the Africa Higher Education Week, 2021 , article

    The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has planned the Africa Higher Education Week 2021 and Conference from December 6th to 10th, 2021 in Benin. The blended program brings together various stakeholders in the global agricultural higher education space, aligning with Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ globalization initiatives.

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    Global Opportunity Initiative 2021
    Global Opportunity Initiative 2021 , article

    The Global Opportunity Initiative (GOI) is CALS Global’s cohort-based faculty development program geared towards capacity building, network development, systems thinking, and building teams to pursue global initiatives, and has been available to CALS faculty during 2018, 2019, and 2021. The theme of the third offering of GOI was “strengthening food systems for food security, health, and community vitality “.