UC Davis has been very active in Afghanistan for a number of years, helping rebuild agriculture in the country. Projects include rebuilding the national almond industry, helping strengthen national horticulture technical knowledge and extension capacity. This led to UC Davis working with more than a dozen national, international and fellow land-grant institutions in Afghanistan.
In December 2010, the Kentucky National Guard, hearing about UC Davis’ many activities in Afghanistan, approached the International Programs Office in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to request a training program to help their National Guard Agribusiness Development Team be more effective in-country. These teams are posted to specific provinces in Afghanistan and work with local groups to improve local production, processing and agribusiness opportunities.
The one-week course was led by Mark Bell, Corky Lovin and Paul Marcotte and drew heavily on the considerable expertise of Hussain Sharif, an International Agriculture Development graduate student from Afghanistan.
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