MAB Program to Host International Faculty

By Mary Bowen

Since 2002, the Master of Agribusiness (MAB) program has offered agribusiness professionals a chance to study the global food and agriculture industry without leaving the U.S. One course, Comparative Food and Agriculture Systems, is internationally taught by professors in seven different regions and offers an in-depth view of the global food and agribusiness industry. Now these professors get to be the students of the U.S. food and agriculture system during a visit to Kansas Sept. 20-25.

“The course is unique in that it provides a global perspective on the world’s food and agricultural system that will have to likely double output in the next 40 years. The course is currently taught at the University of Florida, the University of Missouri, Massey University and Moscow State University, in addition to K-State,” said Allen Featherstone, professor of agricultural economics and MAB program director.

During the meeting, the group will review and update the Comparative Food and Agriculture Systems course. They also will visit a few of Kansas’ premier agriculture facilities including the Hal Ross Flour Mill and the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI), both at K-State; Frito-Lay in Topeka; Frahm Farmland in Colby; and Cow Camp Beef in Ramona.

This is the group’s fourth meeting since its inception. Past meetings have also been held in Toulouse, France, and Canterbury, New Zealand. In 2006, the program was awarded a USDA/CSREES International Science and Education Competitive Grant to expand the course to include new partners representing North America, Oceania, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Faculty also will present sessions during MAB’s agribusiness conference discussing the energy situation, global food security and agricultural policy.

Raijinder Sidhu of India’s Punjab Agricultural University will provide an update of the changing energy situation and needs in India. Pavel Sorokin of Russia’s Moscow State Agro-Engineering University will share a Russian perspective on feeding an increasing global population. Daniel Conforte of Uruguay’s Universidad ORT will talk about the development of dairy and livestock trading programs between South America and China. Other faculty will participate in a discussion on the future of the food and agriculture industry.

Current MAB students and alumni attending the agribusiness conference will have the opportunity for face-to-face interaction with the faculty they have previously only known virtually through recorded lectures and internet chat rooms.

Faculty from K-State and around the world participating in the meeting include:

  • Daniel Conforte, Universidad ORT, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Pavel Sorokin, Moscow State Agro-Engineering University, Moscow, Russia
  • Nicolas Habert, Ecole d’ingénieurs Purpan, Toulouse, France
  • Ravipim Chaveesuk, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Keith Woodford, Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Lisa House, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
  • Theodora Hyuha, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
  • Rajinder Sidhu, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India
  • Allen Featherstone, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.



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