Global Engagement

Advancing global solutions to challenges in agriculture, health and sustainability that impact the future of an interconnected world.

By 2050, a world population of more than 9 billion people will result in a twofold increase in the demand for agricultural products. Simultaneously, threats to agricultural systems, such as water scarcity and climate change, will reduce the likelihood that these demands are met.

Researchers in the college address issues of food security, poverty, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity by seeking out strategic international collaborations and partnerships with which to discover innovative solutions to these global problems. Their efforts are scalable, meaning the work that they do in a particular location can be applied toward finding solutions for the world at large. As such, researchers in the college are improving the outlook for people in Pennsylvania, the nation and the world.

Research Expertise

Research Videos

Cacao for Peace
As Colombia emerges from 50 years of violence, Penn State experts are helping poor farmers switch from growing coca, the stuff of cocaine, to growing cacao, the principal ingredient in chocolate
Global Programs: University of Freiburg
Penn State and the University of Freiburg are opening a joint center in Germany to connect scientists and students to local opportunities in research, education, and service.


Researchers aim to eliminate malaria in Southeast Asia
April 24, 2017
Researchers at Penn State have received more than $1 million in first-year funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate malaria transmission in Southeast Asia with a goal of working toward the disease's elimination in the region. They will receive up to approximately $9 million over seven years for this project.
Cover crops may be used to mitigate and adapt to climate change
April 24, 2017
Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture, according to a Penn State researcher.
Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading
February 24, 2017
"Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population." This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for the future of agriculture.