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International Projects

  • The office of International Programs has, over the last 17 years, developed a close collaborative working relationship with USAID/Africa Bureau's Office of Sustainable Development (AFR/SD) and the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Services/International Cooperation Division (FAS/ICD). The Office of International Programs currently has five cooperative agreements with USDA/FAS/ICD providing long and short-term Technical Support and Assistance to USAID/Bureau for Africa (AFR).

    Current Activities

    1. Africa Emergency Locust/Grasshopper Assistance (AELGA) Project (1993 – PRESENT)

    The Senior Entomologist/Ecotoxicologist supports USAID Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), U.S. Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Disaster Response & Mitigation (DRM) Division, Technical Assistance Team (TAG) to: (1) develop safe and effective means of controlling emergency trans-boundary outbreak pests (ETOPS); (2) support entities and regional organizations that monitor survey, report and manage outbreaks; (3) provide short-term training courses in prevention, management and control; (4) provide advice on obsolete pesticide disposal and human safety and environmental protection; and (5) provide technical guidance to USAID field missions, host-countries and partners in ETOPS and related areas.

    2. Technical Support for Africa (2005 – PRESENT)

    The program provides Long-Term Technical Assistance to USAID/Bureau for Africa (AFR) and USAID/Washington on economic growth, agriculture, and natural resource management issues, including global climate change in Sudan. This program also provides Technical Support to USAID/AFR/Office of Sustainable Development (SD)/Economic Growth, Environment and Agriculture (EGEA) Missions working on Food Security, Climate Change, Development and Outreach, Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Education.

    3. Urban Disaster Mitigation (2007 – PRESENT)

    Three (3) Technical Advisors provide long-term Technical Assistance for USAID Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), U.S. Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), Disaster Response & Mitigation (DRM) Division, Technical Assistance Team (TAG) Technical Advisors are responsible for preparation of an integrated disaster response emphasizing prevention, preparedness, and mitigation of effects of disaster upon economic assets in such areas as transportation, health facilities, urban infrastructure and regional economic planning capacity; protection of, and resolution of issues, involving internally displaced persons; and resolution of issues involving Food Security.

    4. Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Technical Assistance World –Wide (2010 – PRESENT)

    The program provides Short-term Technical Assistance to USAID/AFR and USAID/Asia (A) /Office of Sustainable Development (SD)/Economic Growth, Environment and Agriculture (EGEA) in developing an internationally recognized, legal framework for national systems of food safety to achieve more effective government infrastructure for monitoring and mitigating plant and animal diseases and ensuring a safe food supply.


    Past Activities

    1.  Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Indonesian Country Director(2008 – 2010)

    The Country Director for USDA/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) served as the authority on all issues on related HPAI projects in Indonesia. The Country Director led an Indonesia team in planning, developing, establishing, implementing and managing projects; and liaised with US-based experts and international organizations to coordinate capacity building in areas such as disease surveillance, enhanced bio-security, control of infected birds and products, and changes to industry to reduce risk.

    2. Initiative for Southern Africa II (1996 – 1997)

    UMES specialists provided services to assess the governmental, technological and other constraints that inhibit information sharing in the agriculture/natural resource management sector in Southern Africa and made recommendations on how to improve information sharing systems in the Southern African Region.

    3.  Greater Horn of Africa Initiative (GHAI) (1996 – 1997)

    UMES provided Technical Assistance Support for analysis related to food security activities and issues in the Greater Horn Region. This particular activity was related to the provision of assistance to the GHAI Long-Term Food Security and Transitions Working Groups and to REDSO/ESA in planning and carrying out the GHAI Mission Directors Conference.

    4.  Agribusiness Activities in Sub-Saharan Africa (1995 – 1997)

    UMES provided technical assistance to USAID to develop concept papers for indigenization of Agribusiness in sub-Saharan Africa. A UMES faculty member served as a consultant to develop a model for stimulating Indigenous Agribusiness Development in Zimbabwe and Namibia. UMES collaborated with

    Africare in developing the concept paper for Namibia. Another UMES Professor, with the Department of Business and Economics, served as a Consultant on a Small Business Development Workshop in Malawi (February/March 1997).

    5.  Environmental Policy Project (1995 – 1997)

    UMES provided Administrative Support to the Global Bureau's Office of Environmental and Natural Resources to develop and maintain date base management systems. A long-term Administrative Assistant was assigned to USAID, Washington, DC.

    6. Strategy Development, Implementation and Assessment for Support to the Development of African NGOs (1995 – 1997)

    UMES provided technical and professional support in the design and implementation of programs to the Office of Development Planning in the Africa Bureau of USAID to assist with the formation and implementation of African Bureau's policy and guidance on local participation in Agricultural and Natural Resource Management through PVOs/NGOs. UMES assigned a long-term Visiting Professor to USAID in Washington, DC.

    7. Socio-Economic Research Plan and Commercialization of Agricultural Technology (1995 – September 1997)

    UMES provided technical assistance to increase human resource capacity of Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and Egerton University in horticultural marketing and policy analysis research to improve the welfare of the rural community. The short-term as well as the long-term objectives to this activity were complimentary to USAID's plan to strengthen socio-economic research trust in Kenya.

    8. Transition to Democracy (TTD) Project (1994 – 1995)

    UMES provided short-term assistance to USAID to facilitate the development of a consensus within USAID regarding acceptable strategies for promoting civil society and democratic institutions in rural areas of Africa; contribute to the development of a Project Identification Document (PID) and Project Paper (PP) for the TTD; and prepare issue papers to address local government and local organization issues as required by the PID and PD review processes.

    9. Policy Analysis, Research and Technical Support (PARTS) Project (1993 – 1997)

    UMES is provided technical assistance in the planning, management, evaluation and monitoring of agricultural research activities under the PARTS Project; and advising the Africa Bureau (both A.I.D./Washington and USAID Missions) on technology development and transfer issues of strategic importance to the region. UMES had two long-term Visiting Professors assigned to USAID/PSGE in Washington, D.C.

    10. Initiative for Southern Africa (ISA) Project (1993 – 1995)

    UMES provided one long-term advisor and five short-term advisors to help develop the concept paper for ISA. The concept paper outlined plans for promoting regional economic cooperation and defined an elaboration of a strategy for US Government’s initiative for the Southern African Region. The strategies developed in the concept paper led to the creation of a new USAID Southern Africa Regional Office in Botswana.