Three CFAES faculty members awarded Borlaug Fellowships

Rafiq Islam

Three CFAES faculty members have been awarded international research fellowships through USDA's Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. By working with a distinguished visiting international scholar from a developing or middle-income country, these CFAES faculty will broaden their own network of international collaborators as well as focus on long-term research endeavors that promote improved food security and economic growth. Recipients include:

Rattan Lal, Professor and Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, School of Envrionment and Natural Resources is working with Kristine Pascual, Senior Research Specialist at the Philippine Rice Research Institute on “Climate Smart Agriculture: Research wetting-dry production systems to sustain rice yield and reduce methane emissions through improved water and nutrient management."

Michael Cressman, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences is working with Thobela Nkukwana, researcher in poultry nutrition at the Agricultural Research Council, South Africa on “Assessing the effects of exogenous enzymes in high fiber diets on the gut health, nutrient utilization, and body weight gains of broilers”

Rafiq Islam, in photo, Program Director and Research Scientist, Ohio State University South Centers is working with Alimata Bandaogo, Research Specialist at the Institute of Environment and Agronomic Research, Burkina Faso, on “Improving efficiency and profitability of fertilizer use within the framework of integrated soil fertility management for smallholder farmers”.

The three international researchers will be visiting Ohio State University this Autumn for three months, during which time they will also attend the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa to witness the awarding of the 2017 World Food Prize.

For more information on the USDA Borlaug Program, please contact Beau Ingle, Program Manager in the Office of International Programs in Agriculture, at ingle.16@osu.edu