What We Do
The UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences International Programs Office shares agricultural knowledge and information with the world. We conduct training and workshops, develop research & extension projects, advise on curriculum development, sponsor global programs, offer educational opportunities, and guide capacity building.
Trainings & Workshops
The CAES International Programs Office has facilitated over 12,000 person days of training for people from more than 40 countries. Along with our recent trainings and workshops, IPO participates in short term fellowship programs and faculty exchanges. For a full list of our trainings opportunities, see our Recent Trainings & Workshops page.
- USDA Cochran Fellowship Program trainings, which in 2017 included Seed Policy and Certification in Uganda and Kenya, Resilient Agriculture in Mexico (with the USDA Climate Hub) and Integrated Pest Management in Tunisia.
- CAES at UC Davis is collaborating with Weifang Sino-US Food and Agriculture Innovation Center, China on training and workshops to train agro-business managers and CEOs directly involved with ag industry or production on food safety and good agricultural practices as well as seed technologies. We also explore the opportunities of technology transfers to benefit the agricultural community at large.
- The Agricultural Innovation Project provided graduate training as well as vocational training to help Pakistani farmers incorporate modern science into their traditional farming practices.
UC Davis manages five of the 24 Feed the Future Innovation Labs and is a primary partner on a sixth lab. We work with our innovation labs in collaboraton with developing countries and educational institutions to tackle some of the world's greatest challenges in agriculture, food security, and nutrition.
- The Horticulture Innovation Lab focuses on research across the value chain to improve gender equity, advance technological innovation, improve access to information and build research capacity.
- We work with our other UC Davis innovation labs: Assets and Market Access Innovation Lab, the Genomics to Improve Poultry Innovation Lab, the Climate Resilient Millet Innovation Lab, the Climate Resilient Chickpea Innovation Lab and the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab.
We build institutional extension capacity through a multitude of programs. CAES IPO plays a special role by helping build bridges between potentially useful university research and those who can benefit in developing countries. See our Building Extension Capacities page for more information.
- Prioritizing Nutrition-Sensitive & Gender-Responsive Ag Extension - CAES IPO is a member of the Integrating Gender & Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) team led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- A key partner in the Food for Progress project rebuilding the National extension capactiy in Guatemala.
- IPO represents UC Davis in the Land Grant University Consortium Colombia, a group of nine US land grant universities advancing Colombia’s peacebuilding efforts through collaborations that enhance rural and agricultural development.
- Managed the US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture & Food Security (USPCAS-AFS) and helped develop new degree programs in four areas of industry-relevant and practice-oriented curriculum as well as built capacity in the area of applied research inboth grantsmanship and research skills.
- Managed the Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Program (AAEP) funded by USAID.
- A key partner for the Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS).
Monitoring and Evaluation
We conduct strategic program evaluation for our own projects as well as act as evaluation consultants for USAID funded projects internationally. We see monitoring and evaluation as an essential component to building successful, sustainable development projects.
- The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification Research Output Dissemination Study (SIIL RODS) will research how new innovations are received and used by farmers, as well as how new innvovations are effectively introduced
- Conducting a mid-term evaluation of the USAID and Global Communities Resiliency in Northern Ghana Project (RING).
We manage and support gradaute students pursuing international research and project management in agricultural development.
- The Research and Innovation Fellowship for Agriculture funds UC graduate students for 2-6 months of international research that addresses global challenges in food systems and agriculture.
- The Trellis Fund, managed by the Horticulture Innovation Lab, also offers US graduate students with agricultural expertise the opportunity to partner with organizations in developing countries.
- The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) awards fellowships to outstanding graduate students outside of the US who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines.