2017 Borlaug Fellowship Research Priorities by Country

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Country Targeted Research Areas Contact
Algeria

Post-Harvest Loss: Best practices and new methods to reduce Post-Harvest losses through effective Post-Harvest management and cold storage process for vegetables and fruits.

Climate Smart Agriculture: Models of crop production to increase productivity under climate change and to overcome food security through new farming practices, agricultural waste management, food pricing, products marketing, cold chain, and distribution

USDA-FAS Algiers
Nabila.Hales@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Bangladesh

Climate Smart Agriculture: Research and development activities that demonstrate sustainable increases in productivity, enhanced resiliency (e.g., reduced vulnerability to pests, drought, diseases, or erratic weather etc.), or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

Biotechnology: Research and development activities on agricultural genomics that will lead to the creation of new agricultural technologies to enhance food security

Post-Harvest Loss: Post-Harvest technologies that address issues such as packaging processes, food safety and quality, and food loss/waste

USDA-FAS Dhaka
AGDhaka@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Burkina Faso Production Agriculture:  Management of agricultural biodiversity and biotechnology with a focus on conservation and management of agro-biodiversity and use of biotechnology to enhance agricultural production

Plant Health:  Improved adaptation to drought and dry cereal cropping through the use of innovative breeding tools and techniques to improve crop productivity

Production Agriculture:  Innovative techniques and/or technology to enhance agricultural production
USDA-FAS Dakar Jude.Akhidenor@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Cambodia Climate Smart Agriculture:  Research addressing measures to increase productivity and enhance resiliency with specific reference to drought and salinity intrusion in the Mekong River Delta region

Animal Health and Nutrition:  Research exploring the nutritional value of diverse forage crops and grasses for improved livestock production, as well as supporting possible pest risk analysis efforts associated with maintaining or expanding U.S. access for these products in Vietnam

Post-Harvest Loss:  General Post-Harvest research on tropical fruit, focusing on dragonfruit, litchi, longan, and rambutan (and possibly mango and star apple)
USDA- FAS Hanoi gerald.smith@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Colombia Risk Analysis:  Risk assessment, risk management, risk communication, and qualitative and quantitative modeling and data management, including an overview of food regulatory framework in the U.S. and the collaboration among food safety agencies at the national and local levels

Food Safety:  Practices including risk analysis, quantitative and qualitative analysis, coordination among national and state level authorities on food safety prevention and action plans, including food law overview, production and inspection facilities, port visits

Plant Health (Cacao Research):  Develop breeding activities to generate new cacao varieties with improved traits such as high productivity, disease resistance, and new rootstocks that limit cadmium uptake
USDA-FAS Bogota
AGBogota@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Costa Rica Climate Smart Agriculture:  Lowering agricultural emissions to address effects of climate change on  agricultural production

Plant Health:  Develop capacity to manage coffee rust and explore options for minimizing its negative impacts
USDA-FAS San Jose
AGSanJose@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Egypt

Plant Health: Determining the risk of soybean and corn as a pathway for Ambrosia artemisifolia using IPPC standards on pest risk analysis

Animal Health and Nutrition: Feed formulations using soybeans and soybean products for aquaculture, dairy and poultry 

Post-Harvest Technology: Post-harvest technologies to address issues such as packaging processes, food safety and quality, and food losses/waste

Office of Agricultural Affairs, Cairo
Ibrahim.AL-Habbal@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Ethiopia Plant Health:  Maize Lethal Necrosis, Wheat Stem Rust and other diseases that affect corn, cotton, wheat, or sorghum

Animal Health and Nutrition:  Zoonotic disease prevention and preparedness

Climate Smart Agriculture:  Drought and heat-tolerant crops, irrigation, water and soil management

 
Office of Agricultural Affairs, Ethiopia
Michael.Francom@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Georgia Viticulture and Enology:  Viticulture - familiarization with wine industry including the technical research and agricultural policy (winemaking process, grape processing, fermentation, vineyard sampling, sanitation, data entry and lab analysis); Enology - relationships between aroma components and vineyard management; characterization of flavor component and the processing methodologies for flavor enhancement.

Plant Health:  Horticulture (improved variety development), exploration of resistance to diseases, increased winter hardiness, versatile and superior end-product use, and specific adaption to agricultural systems that conserve soil, water, and energy. Elucidate the molecular, biochemical, and genetic events that regulate wheat seed dormancy and germination; determine the molecular mechanisms of cereal adaptation to environmental changes. Control of foliar and smut diseases.

Animal Health and Nutrition:  Veterinary Science and Food Safety (risk analysis and management, disease and pest control, sanitary and phytosanitary systems)
Office of Agricultural Affairs, Georgia
DzirkvadzeD@state.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Ghana WTO Trade Facilitation/SPS Agreements:  Value chain development under WTO rules

Animal Health and Nutrition, Poultry Science:  Feed management and development of a robust poultry value-chain

Food Safety:  Development of science-based food safety policy
USDA-FAS Accra
AGAccra@fas.usda.gov 

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Guatemala Climate Smart Agriculture:  Adaptation to climate change using biotechnology, hybrids, and traditional breeding techniques and methods to develop new crops

Animal Health and Nutrition:  Biotechnology use for animal diseases transmitted by insects

Climate Smart Agriculture:  Best practices and cost-efficient technologies for climate smart agriculture
USDA-FAS Guatemala
Sean.Cox@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Honduras Climate Smart Agriculture:  Adaptation to climate change using biotechnology, hybrids, and traditional breeding techniques and methods to develop new crops

Pest Management:  Research of pests that go into diapause

Plant Health:  Pest management of Bark Beetle through best practices and cost-efficient technologies
USDA-FAS Honduras Anna.Gomez@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
India Climate Smart Agriculture:  Research and development activities that demonstrate sustainable increases in productivity, enhanced resiliency (e.g., reduced vulnerability to pests, drought, diseases, or  erratic weather etc.), or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

Biotechnology:  Research and development activities on agricultural genomics that will lead to the creation of new agricultural  technologies to enhance food security

Post-Harvest Loss:  Technologies that address issues such as packaging processes, food safety and quality, and food loss/waste
USDA-FAS New Delhi
AGNewDelhi@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Indonesia Plant Health:  New technologies and skills in the plant breeding and genetics such as gene mapping, gene expression, gene deletion, gene introduction, marker-assisted plant breeding, DNA mapping, and other tools

Climate Smart Agriculture:  Developing crop area estimation procedures and crop yield models based on the applications of remote sensing and/or Geographic Information System (GIS)

Food Policy:  Developing crop area estimation procedures and crop yield models based on the applications of remote sensing and/or Geographic Information System (GIS)
USDA-FAS Jakarta
Ali.Abdi@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Jordan Natural Resources Management (Water):  New techniques and developments in hydroculture production

Post-Harvest Loss:  Best practices and new methods to reduce Post-Harvest losses

Rangeland Management:  Use of techniques such as  remote sensing, GPS, and biodiversity conservation to improve rangeland management
Office of Agricultural Affairs, Cairo
Mohamed.Khraishy@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Kazakhstan Animal Health and Nutrition:  Improve animal disease diagnosis, surveillance, and prevention of diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease, Brucellosis, swine diseases, avian diseases, and others USDA-FAS-Moscow
Zhamal.Zharmagambetova@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Kenya Plant Health:  Control of Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) to mitigate the spread and adverse impact on food security

Animal Health and Nutrition:  Disease control of Rift Valley Fever and Anthrax using epidemiology and disease modeling for strategic control plans to include livestock disease surveillance, epidemiology, and modeling

Climate Smart Agriculture:  Techniques to achieve food security under changing climatic conditions ranging from direct effects on crop production, market changes, food prices, and supply chain infrastructure
USDA-FAS Nairobi
Carol.Kamau@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Liberia WTO Trade Facilitation/SPS Agreements:  Value chain development under WTO rules

Animal Health and Nutrition (Poultry science):  Feed management and development of a robust poultry value-chain

Food Safety:  Development of science-based food safety policy
USDA-FAS Accra
AGAccra@fas.usda.gov 

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Malawi Plant Health:  Control of Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) to mitigate the spread and adverse impact on food security

Animal Health and Nutrition:  Disease control of Rift Valley Fever and Anthrax using epidemiology and disease modeling for strategic control plans to include livestock disease surveillance, epidemiology, and modeling

Climate Smart Agriculture:  Techniques to achieve food security under changing climatic conditions ranging from direct effects on crop production, market changes, food prices, and supply chain infrastructure
USDA-FAS Nairobi
Carol.Kamau@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Malaysia Plant Health:  Identifying plant diseases, their modes of reproduction, and potential production risk

Biotechnology:  Use of genomics and gene markers to identify yield and other traits

Genetics and Breeding:  Use of conventional breeding tools to improve crop output and fruit traits
USDA-FAS Kuala Lumpur
Abdulghani.Wahab@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Mali Production Agriculture:  Management of agricultural biodiversity and biotechnology with a focus on conservation and management of agro-biodiversity and use of biotechnology to enhance agricultural production

Plant Health:  Improved adaptation to drought and dry cereal cropping through the use of innovative breeding tools and techniques to improve crop productivity

Production Agriculture:  Innovative techniques and/or technology to enhance agricultural production
USDA-FAS Dakar Jude.Akhidenor@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Mexico Climate Smart Agriculture:  Genetic analysis for the conservation of biodiversity and environmental services,  focus on the knowledge of conservation status of species of importance in agriculture

Climate Smart Agriculture:  Agricultural extension and agricultural education

Nutrition:  Biotechnology developments that help to resolve local problems of nutrition
USDA-FAS Mexico
Lashonda.McLeod@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Mongolia Food Safety:  Training in use of food safety inspection equipment to develop a higher level of technical competence in testing and calibration of equipment and training on DNA traceability capabilities

Animal Health and Nutrition:  Training in rapid analysis of diagnostic lab samples and the reliable dissemination of results to determine how water quality may impact animal health and what practices may be associated with a high risk of disease in livestock and people; use of data in an ecosystem model that will address livestock health outcomes from water management under changing climatic conditions

Rangelands:  Use of ecological site descriptions (ESD) for rangeland management to build capacity for ESD to increase understanding of rangeland degradation and optimal rangeland management strategies and resilience-based management of rangelands
 
USDA-FAS Beijing
Andrew.Anderson-Sprecher@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Morocco Plant Health:  Integrated Pest Management (Citrus) enhancing plant protection and suppressing pest populations below the economic injury level

Climate Smart Agriculture:  New models of crop production to increase productivity under climate change and overcome food security

Biotechnology (Bioinformatics):  This program will enhance capacity of trainees to develop biotechnology-bioinformatics laboratories. It should promote U.S. products and continue to support the development of government researchers as well as gain support of this technology.
USDA-FAS Rabat
Sarah.Hanson@usda.gov or
Rachida.Arib@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Mozambique Animal Health and Nutrition:  Applied agricultural research in animal production (beef, pork, and poultry) with a focus on feed production, biosecurity/animal disease management, and smallholder animal production techniques

Climate Smart Agriculture:  Research-based advances in agricultural biotechnology with a focus on drought-resistant crop varieties, aquaculture genetics and biotechnology, and biosecurity/phytosanitary issues in horticultural production

Post-Harvest Loss:  Applied research aimed at reducing post-harvest loss of food and feed crops with a focus on cold storage logistics, plant breeding for resistance to pest damage, and technology/innovations/chemicals that enhance postharvest quality and reduce decay
USDA-FAS Pretoria
Margaret.Ntloedibe@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Nicaragua Biotechnology:  Build the technical capacity to develop and manage an effective regulatory system

Plant Health:  Develop capacity to manage coffee rust and explore options for minimizing its negative impacts
USDA-FAS San Jose
AGSanJose@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Panama Biotechnology:  Develop institutional knowledge in biotechnology

Plant Health:  Develop capacity to manage coffee rust and explore options for minimizing its negative impacts
USDA-FAS San Jose
AGSanJose@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Peru Pest Management:  Develop a comprehensive approach to pest control that uses a combined means to reduce the status of pests to tolerable levels while maintaining a quality environment

Animal Health and Nutrition:  Dairy cattle livestock improvement to enhance farm management, dairy genetics, nutrition, and animal health

Biotechnology:  Regulatory frameworks and environmental issues associated with biotech crops
USDA-FAS Lima
Alvaro.Loza@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Philippines Climate Smart Agriculture:  Adoption of climate change mitigation strategies in policy formulation, development planning, and decision making

Post-Harvest Loss:  Facilitate the adoption of low-cost post-harvest technologies

WTO Trade Facilitation and SPS Agreements:  This topic aims to educate the DA on WTO trade facilitation measures as well as SPS agreements and standards. 
USDA-FAS Manila
Pia.Ang@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Rwanda Plant Health:  Control of Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) to mitigate the spread and adverse impact on food security

Animal  Health and Nutrition:  Disease control of Rift Valley Fever and Anthrax using epidemiology and disease modeling for strategic control plans to include livestock disease surveillance, epidemiology, and modeling

Climate Smart Agriculture:  Techniques to achieve food security under changing climatic conditions ranging from direct effects on crop production, market changes, food prices, and supply chain infrastructure
 
USDA-FAS Nairobi
Carol.Kamau@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Senegal Production Agriculture:  Management of agricultural biodiversity and biotechnology with a focus on conservation and management of agro-biodiversity and use of biotechnology to enhance agricultural production

Plant Health:  Improved adaptation to drought and dry cereal cropping through the use of innovative breeding tools and techniques to improve crop productivity

Production Agriculture:  Innovative techniques and/or technology to enhance agricultural production
USDA-FAS Senegal
Fana.Sylla@fas.usda.gov 

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
South Africa Animal Health and Nutrition:  Applied agricultural research in animal production (beef, pork, and poultry) with a focus on feed production, biosecurity/animal disease management, and smallholder animal production techniques

Climate Smart Agriculture:  Research-based advances in agricultural biotechnology with a focus on drought-resistant crop varieties, aquaculture genetics and biotechnology, and biosecurity/phytosanitary issues in horticultural production

Post-Harvest Loss:  Applied research aimed at reducing post-harvest loss of food and feed crops with a focus on cold storage logistics, plant breeding for resistance to pest damage, and technology/innovations/chemicals that enhance postharvest quality and reduce decay
USDA-FAS Pretoria
Margaret.Ntloedibe@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Sri Lanka Climate Smart Agriculture:  Research and development activities that demonstrate sustainable increases in productivity, enhanced resiliency (e.g., reduced vulnerability to pests, drought, diseases, or  erratic weather etc.), or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

Biotechnology:  Research and development activities on agricultural genomics that will lead to the creation of new agricultural  technologies to enhance food security

Post-Harvest Loss:  Technologies that address issues such as packaging processes, food safety and quality, and food loss/waste
USDA-FAS New Delhi
AGNewDelhi@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Tanzania Plant Health:  Control of Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) to mitigate the spread and adverse impact on food security

Animal  Health and Nutrition:  Disease control of Rift Valley Fever and Anthrax using epidemiology and disease modeling for strategic control plans to include livestock disease surveillance, epidemiology, and modeling

Climate Smart Agriculture:  Techniques to achieve food security under changing climatic conditions ranging from direct effects on crop production, market changes, food prices, and supply chain infrastructure
USDA-FAS Nairobi
Carol.Kamau@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Thailand Agricultural Market Information Systems:  Tools and techniques for agricultural production, supply and demand analysis focusing on supply-chain analysis

Food Safety:  Risk assessment model for food contaminants/additives - modeling techniques and software applications to estimate allowable daily intake of food additives/contaminants, incorporating national consumption data of individual food products and unit weight of edible portion of products to determine the maximum limits; application of the model for other risk assessment of contaminants/additives in market place food products
USDA-FAS Bangkok
Sukanya.Sirikeratikul@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
 
Tunisia Plant Health:  Integrated Pest Management (Citrus) for enhancing plant protection and suppressing pest populations below the economic injury level

Climate Smart Agriculture:  New models of crop production to increase productivity under climate change and overcome food security

Biotechnology (Bioinformatics):  Enhance the capacity to develop biotechnology-bioinformatics laboratories, especially for the development of drought resistant cultivars
USDA-FAS Morocco        mohamed.fardaoussi@fas.usda.gov,                                    Nabil.Maouia@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Turkey Biotechnology:  Develop the capacity in risk assessment, risk communication, and risk management

Pest Risk Assessments:  Develop the capacity in international standards for Phytosanitary measures and proper development of quarantine lists

Animal Health and Nutrition:  Develop the capacity for better livestock feeding practices
USDA-FAS Turkey Kimberly.Sawatzki@fas.uysda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Uganda Plant Health:  Control of Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) to mitigate the spread and adverse impact on food security

Animal Health and Nutrition:  Disease control of Rift Valley Fever and Anthrax using epidemiology and disease modeling for strategic control plans to include livestock disease surveillance, epidemiology, and modeling

Climate Smart Agriculture:  Techniques to achieve food security under changing climatic conditions ranging from direct effects on crop production, market changes, food prices, and supply chain infrastructure
USDA-FAS Nairobi
Carol.Kamau@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Ukraine Production Agriculture:  Improving irrigation systems and varietal development of drought resistant crops, incorporation of biotechnology, advance tillage systems, and Post-Harvest loss

Biotechnology:  Increase understanding of the use of biotechnology in agriculture and address the changes

Animal Health and Nutrition:  Disease eradication programs especially dangerous and dangerous pathogens that might have a profound economic impact on the production of beef and pork
USDA-FAS Kiev
Natalia.Petrova@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Vietnam Climate Smart Agriculture:  Research addressing measures to increase productivity and enhance resiliency with specific reference to drought and salinity intrusion in the Mekong River Delta region

Animal Health and Nutrition:  Research exploring the nutritional value of diverse forage crops and grasses for improved livestock production, as well as supporting possible pest risk analysis efforts associated with maintaining or expanding U.S. access for these products in Vietnam

Post-Harvest Technology:  General Post-Harvest research on tropical fruit, focusing on dragonfruit, litchi, longan, and rambutan (and possibly mango and star apple)
USDA-FAS- Vietnam/Hanoi
Huong.Bui@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov
Zambia Animal Health and Nutrition:  Applied agricultural research in animal production (beef, pork, and poultry) with a focus on feed production, biosecurity/animal disease management, and smallholder animal production techniques

Climate Smart Agriculture:  Research-based advances in agricultural biotechnology with a focus on drought-resistant crop varieties, aquaculture genetics and biotechnology, and biosecurity/phytosanitary issues in horticultural production

Post-Harvest Loss:  Applied research aimed at reducing post-harvest loss of food and feed crops with a focus on cold storage logistics, plant breeding for resistance to pest damage, and technology/innovations/chemicals that enhance postharvest quality and reduce decay
USDA-FAS- Pretoria
Margaret.Ntloedibe@fas.usda.gov

BorlaugFellowships@fas.usda.gov