While Virginia Tech is well known for its agricultural programs, its impact is reaching all the way to Senegal.
On Sept. 12-13, a delegation of 22 university presidents and government officials from Senegal came to campus to participate in a tour to help improve agricultural higher education in Senegal.
Guru Ghosh, vice president for Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs said in a release that Senegal is one of the world’s most untapped places in the developing world for food security.
“We are honored by this visit and look forward to fruitful discussions,” he said.
During their time here, the Senegalese delegation visited the Corporate Research Center, the Cyrus McCormick Farm and the Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center. During these visits they examined the university’s partnerships with the private sector and attempted to take away knowledge to address Senegal’s agricultural growth.
The visit was coordinated through the Education and Research in Agriculture in Senegal program, which aims to fight hunger and food insecurity in Senegal, as well as improving Senegal’s agricultural education system.
Tech partnered with four other American universities — the University of Connecticut, Michigan State, Purdue and Tuskegee — to tackle the issues facing Senegal. Tech’s Office of International Research and International Development manages the effort, and is part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative, which attempts to address “underlying causes of hunger and under-nutrition around the world.”