Capacity Building

Locally Relevant Graduate Degrees Through International Distance Education:



Strengthening Agricultural And Environmental Capacity Through Distance Education:
Partnership between UF, Center for International Tropical Agriculture - CIAT; International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics - ICRISAT; University of Nairobi, Kenya; Makerere University, Uganda; and University of Florida, U.S. (USAID funded project):


U.S. India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative

"Information and Communication Technologies for Capacity Building in Water Management: U.S. India Collaborative Extension/Outreach and Distance Education"

(PI: K.R. Reddy, UF; co-PIs: S. Grunwald, UF and L. Staal, UF; collaborators: V. Balaji - International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Aric Tropics - ICRISAT, Hyderabad India; M.D. Reddy - Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India; B.S. Dhillon - Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India)

IFAS/UF - India Collaborative Activities, trip to Hyderabad, India (2006) (report: pdf)

Short Courses

GIS for Landscape Analysis: July 27-31, 2009 at ICRISAT, Patancheru/Hyderabad, India.

eTools and Reusable Learning Objects for Research, Teaching and Extension: May 11-16, 2009 at ICRISAT, Patancheru/Hyderabad, India.

Innovative eTechnologies for Distance Education and Extension/Outreach for Efficient Water Management: March 5-9, 2007 at ICRISAT, Patancheru/Hyderabad, India.

GIS Applications in Land Resource Management: July 31 to August 4, 2006 and July 31-Aug. 4, 2008 at ICRISAT, Patancheru/Hyderabad, India.


Individual Capacity Building through International Visiting Scholar & Student Exchange

International scholars, visting scientists and students hosted in Dr. Grunwald Research Lab:

  • Eef Meerschman, Ghent University, Belgium (8/2008)
  • Mentored six visitors from Indian Agricultural Universities, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and ICRISAT on the development of Reusable Learning Objects (e-learning material) focused on efficient water management (2/2008).
  • Yvonne Cohen, University of Wales, Bangor (March 2006)
  • Andre Moura, Universidade Federal de Vicosa, Brazil [Program for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education – U.S. Dept. of Education and CAPES- Brazil’s Ministry of Education] (Fall 2005 and Spring 2006)
  • Bernard Fungo, Makerere University, Uganda [distance education student - M.S. Env. Sci., UF] (Spring 2006 - 2009)
  • Nomé Sakané, Bazega, Burkina Faso, Africa [Borlaug International Fellow] (Oct. 2005)
  • Marianela Rodríguez, Universidad de la Laguna, Tenerife, Spain (Sept. to Nov. 2004)
  • Martha Otello, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), Cali, Columbia [distance education student] (Fall 2004)
  • Gustavo de Mattos Vasques [Program for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education – U.S. Dept. of Education and CAPES- Brazil’s Ministry of Education] (Fall 2003 and Spring 2004)
  • Adrien Mangeot, visiting scholar from the National School of Geographic Sciences and Curie University, Marne La Vallee / Paris, France (Spring 2002)