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January 2020

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Virginia Tech President Tim Sands speaks with (from right) CIRED Executive Director Van Crowder, Former CIRED Director S.K. De Datta, Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab Director Muni Muniappan, and Virginia Tech Graduate Student Ben Garber at the GAP launch.

CIRED Spotlighted at 2019 GAP Report Launch 

CIRED was pleased to join Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), and a host of global agricultural partners for the 2019 Global Agricultural Productivity (GAP) Report launch in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Van Crowder

From the Executive Director

2019 was a busy year for CIRED. We continued to work hard to seeks partnerships and external funding in support of Virginia Tech’s global land-grant mission. 

A Group Photo of Students, Lectures and Officials.

Kevin Kochersberger: Helping Virginia Tech soar to new heights in Malawi

When you talk with Kevin Kochersberger, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Unmanned Systems Lab at Virginia Tech, it becomes clear that he enjoys flying – whether piloting a 40-foot long Cessna plane or operating a drone smaller than a toy car.

The Virginia Tech team leads a focus group discussion with students attending the Institute of Hotel and Applied Tourism Technology

Virginia Tech researchers begin project to help improve Morocco’s hospitality and tourism management sector

With Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) funding, Virginia Tech will support the Government of Morocco in implementing a public-private partnership that helps improve hospitality and tourism...


IPM Longan

New guide details pestmanagement practices for Longan

Dragons are known to have copious enemies who threaten their territory; longan, translated to mean “dragon eye,” is no different.


Peace Corps

CIRED welcomes new Peace Corps Recruiter

CIRED is pleased to welcome Anne Patterson, the new Peace Corps Recruiter.

ENCA guatemala

CIRED delivers training for high school teachers in Guatemala

Efforts to strengthen Guatemala’s agricultural education system continue through the Education for Agriculture, Forestry and Agroindustry project in Guatemala

At a biocontrol center in Tanzania, a researcher gives instructions on how to release natural enemies in the field to protect crops from the fall armyworm.

IPM Innovation Lab team visits Tanzania and Ethiopia

At the end of September, the IPM Innovation Lab (IPM IL) team traveled to Tanzania and Ethiopia to attend the annual Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting and assess project progress in both countries.

Becky Williams, photo

Lead researcher on Honduran youth and migration study to speak at WGD Series

As part of its monthly discussion series, the Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) program welcomes Rebecca Williams...

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