Africa2Ag Week 2011

The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences hosted a week-long series of events focused on Africa in order to: 1. Build strong collaborations with African partners 2. Increase awareness of African agricultural development and Penn State’s role in this arena 3. Increase student, staff, faculty and extension awareness of global issues and involvement in international programs

Africa2Ag week events - August 22-26, 2011

Photos from some of the week's events as well as presentations from the Africa2Ag Friday August 26 symposium are now available:

Photos from Fran Osseo-Asare's Wednesday talk and the Africa2Ag Friday symposium: click here

John Gathenya's keynote presentation: click here

David Hansen's afternoon panel presentation: click here

Leland Glenna's summary slides of Africa2Ag symposium: click here


Africa2Ag week hosted events on Penn State’s University Park campus from Monday, August 22 through Friday, August 26. The main event for the week was the Friday August 26 symposium on “Building collaborative partnerships for African agriculture”.  

All events were free of charge and open to the public. The only exception to this was the Thursday discussion dinner, which was open to graduate students only.

Monday, August 22

Africa2Ag week launch event
Location: Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library
Time: 3.30-5pm
Welcoming remarks: Michael Adewumi, Vice Provost for Global Programs, PSU

Tuesday, August 23

AEE & Ag2Africa special seminar: Building capacity for agricultural development in Africa
Location: 214 Ferguson
Time: 3.30pm
Speakers: Dr. Rita Agboh-Noameshie (Africa Rice Center, Benin) and Dr. Johnson Onyibe (Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria).

Wednesday, August 24

Special Brown bAG lunch talk: Africa's place at the global table: celebrating Africa's cuisines - Fran Osseo-Asare
Location: 118 ASI (Ag Sci and Industries)
Time: 12.30pm
Speaker: Fran Osseo-Asare (Betumi network)

Thursday, August 25

Discussion dinner with visiting African researchers, hosted by the International Agriculture Graduate Student Forum
Open to graduate students only - please contact David Ader @ for details

Location: Spring Creek Park Pavilion #1
Time: 5.30-7.30pm
Speakers: Dr. John Gathenya (Reading University, England) and Dr. Rita Agboh-Noameshie (Africa Rice Center, Benin)

Friday, August 26 – MAIN EVENT

Africa2Ag week symposium: Building collaborative partnerships for African agriculture
Location: Assembly Room, Nittany Lion Inn
Time: 8.45am-4.45pm
Agenda: Click here