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WSU Research Advancement of Developing Countries

Advancement of developing countries

Community based approach to development of agriculture and education to improve quality of life

Poverty breeds desperation and, in turn, vulnerability. Impoverished nations can be easy prey for the lucrative lures of drug cartels and terrorist networks. They can become breeding grounds for infectious disease. As their populations mushroom, the environment degrades. Downstream costs of global poverty are significant for the U.S.  Among them are hefty sums for managing refugees, intercepting illicit goods, peacekeeping, and delivering humanitarian aid. 1

WSU researchers work to stem the tide of poverty in developing countries. They identify affordable agricultural and educational technologies that suit local climates and cultures. First they design and test their innovations. Then they implement them in countries where help is sorely needed to improve quality of life. Researchers deliver hands-on training at the village level. Working within the traditional leadership structures of communities, they place power in the hands of local citizens.

1. “The National Security Implications of Global Poverty,” by Susan E. Rice, October 20, 2005, The Brookings Institution

Research areas

  • Agricultural extension projects
  • Reforestation
  • Expanded educational opportunities and attainment
  • Sustainable rural enterprises and livelihoods
  • Economic, behavioral, social, and cultural influencers
  • Fostering agricultural productivity and global stability

    Community-based program helps farmers worldwide increase growing capacity

    Abundant food has long been a vital element for a prosperous, stable and secure world.  As Vice President Joe Biden explained several years ago, “Investments made to ward off food insecurity and prevent its recurrence can prevent the vicious cycles of rising extremism, armed conflict, and state failure that can require far larger commitments of resources down the road.”

    For more than 20 years, Chris Pannkuk, director of Washington State University’s International Research and Agricultural Development program, has been working to expand the capacity of farmers in the developing world, often in areas of conflict. He … » More …

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