Five faculty, students, and scholars from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) attended the 2016 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, where the annual World Food Prize was awarded on October 13th. Also attending were 11 Ohio high school students and their Ohio State organizer.
Representing Ohio State were Dr. Thaddeus Ezeji, Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences; Sega Ndao, Visiting Scholar in the Department of Animal Sciences; Dr. Rafiq Islam, Research Scientist and Leader of the Soil and Bioenergy Program at OSU South Centers Research Station; Dr. Nataliia Didenko, Visiting Scholar at OSU South Centers; and Irene Kargbo, Ph.D. student in the Department of Entomology.
They attended through federally-funded programs administered by CFAES' Office of International Programs in Agriculture.
Ndao and Didenko attended as Fellows of the 2016 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program – a distinguished program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service that supports 3 month research fellowships at a U.S. land grant university and seeks to strengthen ties between scientists in the U.S. and international partnering institutions. Both Ndao, who is a researcher with the Senegalese Agricultural Research Institute and advised by Dr. Ezeji, and Didenko, who serves as a researcher at the Institute of Water Problems and Land Reclamation in Ukraine and is advised by Dr. Islam, will be at Ohio State throughout the Autumn semester.
Kargbo, who is on leave from the Central Agricultural Research Institute in Monrovia, Liberia for her Ph.D Program at Ohio State, is a Fellow in the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program, and attended with other BHEARD fellows from a small, selected contingent.
Held concurrently with the Borlaug Symposium is the Global Youth Institute – a forum designed for exceptional high school students from across the United States and other countries to present their findings and solutions to international experts and their peers, tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities, and take part in symposium discussions with global leaders in science, industry, and policy. Sally McClaskey, 4-H Program Manager in Ohio State Extension and organizer of the Ohio Youth Institute, a subsidiary of the Global Youth Institute that is convened by CFAES, accompanied 11 Ohio high school students who participated in the Ohio Youth Institute at Ohio State University in March 2016.