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UMD Faculty Member Wins Top Award from USDA for Afghanistan Project

UMD Faculty Member Wins Top Award from USDA for Afghanistan Project

UMD Professor James Hanson (Agricultural and Resource Economics, AGNR) is among a team of experts from four U.S. universities whose collaborative work--the Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project --has been selected to receive a 2014 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary’s Honor Award in the category of increasing global food security. These awards are the most prestigious Departmental awards presented by the Secretary of Agriculture, and recognize "exceptional leadership, contributions, or public service by individuals or groups who support the mission and goals of USDA."  Hanson's portion of AAEP--Women in Agriculture (WIA)--brought Amanda Rockler, Christie Balch, Becky Ramsing and Stephanie Grutzmacher (all from UM Extension) to Kabul to form the Family Food Security Team that taught women about nutrition and gardening.  WIA was supported by a $1.3 million grant, part of a larger $14 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) intended to improve the capacity of extension services throughout Afghanistan.

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