University of New Hampshire Partners with Peruvian University for Sustainable Crop Production

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The University of New Hampshire is one of thirteen universities and colleges selected to participate in partnerships with educational institutions in Peru. The University of New Hampshire will be working directly with students and faculty from the Universidad Nacional Toribio Rodríguez de Mendoza in Chachapoyas, Peru. The partnership will allow for a valuable exchange of culture and research, opening the opportunity for both students and faculty to share and develop knowledge and understanding of Andean crop physiology and genetic improvement.

The Innovation Fund Grant from 100,000 Strong in the Americas is sponsoring the partnerships. Innovation Fund grant awards are $25,000 each with grant-winning teams contributing additional resources on average 1.5 times more to leverage the grant and implement new student exchange programs between the U.S. and in the rest of the Western Hemisphere.

The University of New Hampshire’s partnership will first have a research program that focuses on sharing their research in crop production under plastic tunnels. Researchers funded by the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station developed these high tunnels, which are inexpensive, greenhouse-like structures to extend the growing season, increasing quality and yields, and protecting crops from pests. The university has had a lot of success with the high tunnels which are used on-campus to provide fresh fruits and vegetables year-round for the University’s Dining Services, and Conferences and Catering services. In addition to sharing this research, the partnership also will include exchange programs that will give students opportunities to work in teams in both countries, gain technical and linguistic skills, and become more competent for today’s global workforce.

To learn more about this partnership and the University of New Hampshire, read more here.

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