Global Engagement

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

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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


  • Create interdisciplinary research teams to address the challenges and opportunities of the rapidly changing global society and economy.
  • Provide the infrastructure, support and resources to conduct global agriculture and environmental research.
  • Create key international relationships needed to address the challenges in agriculture, health, environment and sustainability.

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.


'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.
Agricultural diversification: Empowering women in Cambodia with 'wild gardens'
June 5, 2018
There is no such thing as utopia when it comes to food security, as millions of people around the world have limited food resources. One of those places is Cambodia in Southeast Asia, one of the world's poorest countries, where the rural poverty rate is 24 percent, and 40 percent of children younger than 5 are chronically malnourished, making them vulnerable to significant health problems.
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.