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.


Well-being of 'left behind' children in Kyrgyzstan focus of study
August 6, 2018
Growing up can be hard no matter what a family's circumstances, but it is often more so for children living in the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia, one of the poorest countries in the world, known for its dry environment, high mountains, nomadic culture and animal-husbandry heritage.
Working together for global good: Penn State, Oxfam join forces
July 10, 2018
Developing lasting solutions to the problems of poverty, hunger and social injustice is the cornerstone of a new partnership between Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Oxfam America, the U.S. affiliate of Oxfam, the global organization working to end the injustice of poverty in 90 countries around the world.
'Nuru' becomes African farmers' newest ally against fall armyworm
June 25, 2018
Penn State researchers have joined forces with the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to release the first app, called Nuru, to help African farmers recognize fall armyworm — a new and fast-spreading crop pest in sub-Saharan Africa — so that they can take immediate steps to destroy it and curb its spread.