UC Davis Today: Students fight global hunger and poverty

Graduate student Carrie Teiken with Ugandan farmers

Students fight global hunger and poverty

Students do not have to wait until they graduate to make a difference in the world. Through travel, internship and research opportunities, UC Davis students apply their knowledge to help people in developing countries while gaining valuable experience themselves.

This year, graduate student Carrie Teiken, seen in the photo here, helped vegetable farmers in Uganda learn about organic pest management. She was one of 14 graduate students participating in the Trellis Fund, which builds international partnerships in agricultural research. The project was made possible through the Horticulture Collaborative Research Support Program, a program with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Current graduate students have until March 4 to apply to be part of the next round of Horticulture CRSP’s Trellis Fund.

Undergraduates and graduates alike can also apply for grants to help reduce global poverty. After its March 15 deadline, UC Davis’ Blum Center for Developing Economies will award $50,000 in grants to students and faculty so that they can apply their passion to reducing poverty globally.

Interested students do not have to travel farther than their classroom to get started with tips and inspiration from “Innovators in International Development Practice,” a new class for spring 2013 (IAD 290/190).

Combining research excellence with student involvement, UC Davis is working to ensure a safe and secure food supply and to fight poverty worldwide.

Carrie Teiken, a graduate student in the international agricultural development program and Department of Plant Pathology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, helps smallholder farmers in Uganda diagnose plant diseases and try herbal pest control solutions. Stephen Ssemakula/UC Davis photo

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