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UMD and the Philippines Embassy Discuss Collaborative Opportunities in Agriculture

(L-R) Dr. Darren Jarboe; Dr. Jinhee Kim; Philippine Agriculture Attache Dr. Josyline Javelosa; Ms. Rubie Mize; and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr. Craig Beyrouty.

COLLEGE PARK --The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UMD-AGNR) hosted a meeting for Philippine Agriculture Attaché to the United States, Dr. Josyline C. Javelosa to explore possible collaborative projects between the University and Philippine institutions in the field of agriculture and fisheries.

Dr. Jinhee Kim, Professor and Family and Consumer Sciences Program Leader, together with Dr. Darren Jarboe Agriculture Program Leader, both of the University of Maryland Extension and Ms. Rubie Mize, Research Coordinator under the Agricultural Experiment Station at AGNR, briefed Dr. Javelosa about the University's land-grant mission with a commitment to eliminate hunger and malnutrition, preserve natural resources, improve quality of life, and empower the next generation through world class education.

AGNR's five strategic initiatives were discussed. These include establishing a healthy food system and ensure global food and nutritional security; ensuring a clean and healthy Chesapeake Bay; advancing innovative, profitable and sustainable agricultural production systems; improving human, animal and environmental health; and optimizing urban environments through design, green technology and community engagement.

Dr. Javelosa likewise discussed some collaboration interests of the Philippines including in border protection and risk management of transboundary animal diseases such as the African Swine Fever; modernizing livestock production; agricultural biotechnology; developing an effective system on data collection and management from scientific literature epidemiological, surveillance and monitoring studies and other data to support standards development, and risk assessment and management;and enhancing the country's agricultural extension system.

The University of Maryland representatives expressed interest in supporting research and extension programming as well as policy with the Philippines, and in piloting the development of a system similar to the US research and extension service particularly in the Mindanao province, among other possibilities. The potential collaboration among UMD-AGNR, Philippine universities, and other agencies were also discussed. 

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Originally published on the Philippines Embassy website at

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