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International Research and Agricultural Development strives to transform lives through impactful projects supported by proven scientific research. IRAD increases the quality of life in many countries through agriculture, education, and utilizing local talent and cultural practices. Washington State University uses an integrated community-based approach of intensive dialogue training and extension support while working to maintain traditional leadership structures. This ensures IRAD encourages and builds the cultures it is working to support.

To build the capacity of people who are being empowered through IRAD’s programs it focus on providing training, expanding outreach through extension services, increasing collaboration at the village level, providing access to materials and equipment, supporting marketing initiatives, and addressing health and social issues. IRAD also chooses to work with local NGOs to promote tested technologies that are affordable, adapted to the local climate and are in high demand among rural communities.

IRAD holds high sustainability standards in all of its projects by requiring completed projects or trainings to be proven productive, profitable, and environmentally friendly with no further need for external support. Additionally there must be a sound foundation established for continuing and expanding impacts over numerous communities in the area.

While poverty alleviation is the primary concern, WSU is committed to ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence that can only be achieved by conducting demanding monitoring and evaluation activities. These M&E activities are shared with the local NGOs as well as any others who would benefit from the knowledge of the impact IRD realizes in its interventions.

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Borlaug Fellow at WSU Tri-Cities

December 17, 2014

Borlaug Fellow at WSU Tri-Cities

Borlaug Fellow from Morocco at WSU-Pullman

December 11, 2014

Borlaug Fellow from Morocco at WSU-Pullman

WSU Students As Coffee Consultants

December 4, 2014

WSU News

Students consult on coffee production

WSU and consortium awarded USDA Secretary’s award

November 7, 2014
USDA Award Nov 6 2014

Members of AAEP’s consortium with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (far L)

On November 6th, 2014 the USDA Secretary’s Award for Increasing Global Food Security was presented to representatives from University of California Davis, Purdue, and the University of Maryland alongside Washington State University for their work on the Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Program (AAEP). This three year program, which ended in September of 2014, has worked closely with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock and Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock to provide capacity building to 355 Afghan extension officers. The university  consortium provided technical experts from their faculties to teach advanced trainings on the latest techniques and development in small scale sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and post-harvest storage.

Based on the U.S. model for demand-driven extension, Afghan extension officers have led 349 village trainings on technical methods that they learned from AAEP using some of the 102 materials that extension officers developed themselves. These lessons have reached 4,181 community members in AAEP’s 4 target regions, and are contributing to food security by encouraging adoption of practices that lead to increased productivity, decreased losses during post-harvest storage, improved nutrition, and better economic opportunities.

Afghan Extension Study Tour

August 4, 2014

Afghan Extension Study Tour

New Borlaug Fellow from Bangladesh Arrives

April 7, 2014

New Borlaug Fellow from Bangladesh Arrives

IAAS Members Take World Food Prize by Storm

November 6, 2013

Pullman, WASH- The annual World Food Prize (WFP) was held in Des Moines, Iowa on October 16-19th. Often described as the Nobel Prize for Agriculture Science, the event also played host to a myriad of workshops, lectures, and breakout sessions all aimed at different topics and aspects of the agricultural realm. WSU student Erin Ghigleri […]

Introducing IAAS-National Summit

October 15, 2013

International Research and Agricultural Development, International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS), and International Development Club introduce the IAAS-USA National Summit titled Sustainable in Seattle. This summit, occurring in Seattle April 16th through the 19th, is estimated to host 200 students from across the United States and the world, to come and […]

New Borlaug Fellow from Uganda Arrives

September 20, 2013

Philip Kahuma, an officer with the Uganda National Bureau of Standards, is a visiting scholar at Washington State University (WSU) under the Norman E. Borlaug Fellowship Program. He is a Food Technologist and possesses a Master of Food Technology degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven / Universiteit Gent in Belgium. He will spend three months at WSU under the mentorship of Dr. Barbara Rasco, Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. During this time, he will participate in a training program on food safety policy, regulatory and control framework and tools for risk analysis.

New Borlaug Fellow from Azerbaijan Arrives

September 18, 2013

Dr. Eldar Mustafayev, assistant professor at the Genetics Research Institute, Baku, Azerbaijan is visiting Washington State University on a Borlaug Fellowship. He is spending three months in the virology laboratory of Dr. Hanu R. Pappu, Sam Smith Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology. During his stay, Dr. Mustafayev will be studying the population structure and genetic diversity of selected cereal viruses and evaluate accessions and breeding lines for virus resistance.

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