Philippine Calamansi Industry Association - 2014

Calamansi sorting

2015 SMART Team Visits Traditional Thailand Markets

2015 SMART Team Visits Traditional Thailand Markets


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Application deadline is September 23, 2016 at 11:59pm


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Apple grower interview
The 2014 SMART team interviews smallholder apple farmers in Yunnan, China

Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development's (​CIIFAD) Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Team (SMART) Program brings together teams of students and faculty from diverse disciplines and pairs them with firms, organizations, or community groups located in developing countries. The teams work on well-defined assignments that challenge students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in real world settings. SMART assignments vary from team to team, as does the length of engagement. For example, past teams have assisted promising new companies to develop strategic business plans, worked with an international NGO to pilot IT training in four African countries and collaborated with grassroots development professionals to enhance learning outcomes for farmer groups seeking to increase family food security. Teams work on location with the company or partner group for at least two weeks and sometimes up to eight weeks, depending on the type of engagement planned and the university academic calendar.

SMART Team Blogs Spotlight

2016 - South Africa

2016 - South Africa

This is the fourth year of the SMART South Africa Swayimane project. Every year we work with a team from the University of Kwazulu Natal to address smallholder farmers´ needs in the Zulu agricultural region of Swayimane. This year’s project focus is on water conservation methods in regards to climate changes. Recently, this region hasbeen facing increasingly severe drought and we are striving to improve the livelihoods and existing networks in the face of these challenges. The project includes collaborators from local government agencies as well as other nonprofit organizations.
View the SMART 2016 South Africa blog