PlantVillage University Seminar Series

First Series!

Register for the event here!

 PlantVillage is launching our University style series of seminars targeted at African youth in Agriculture! We aim to bring education from world experts to the youth who are interested or working in agriculture. Correspondingly we aim to bring the questions from African youth to world leading researchers. African youth are too often excluded from such dialogue but PlantVillage believes they are key to successfully growing enough nutritious food in the face of climate change.

 David Hughes, Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Global Food Security at Penn State and Founder of PlantVillage, will be introducing the seminar and participating in discussions and Q&A. Annalyse Kehs, PlantVillage Operations Director, will moderate each event. 

 The series began Thursday May 27 and will continue for a period of 3 weeks with a 1 week break each month. New speakers will be announced by Tuesday, end of day, the latest. Webinar recordings are sent out the following Monday.

Each event will be recorded and posted here and on our PlantVillage Nuru Youtube channel. You can register for the event here!


Nature Based Solutions for FAW - Rhett Harrison (ICRAF), May 27, 2021

Here is the link to the recorded webinar on our Youtube channel.

Here is a link to Rhett's previous webinar with FAO and general information about their Webinar series on Global Action for FAW

Rhett Harrison is a Senior tropical forest ecologist with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and chair of FAO technical working group for agroecological approaches of FAW management under the global action for FAW. He is currently based in Zambia and will be continuing from his talk at FAO on Nature Based Solutions for FAW Management.

SupPlant Irrigation Technology - Tom Lahad (SupPlant), June 3, 2021

Watch the recorded presentation here

Tom Lahad is executive Co-Chairman of SupPlant. At SupPlant, he works with a team to achieve their mission of equipping farmers with actionable agronomic insights through transforming the way we irrigate farmland. Their sensor technology combined with AI is proven to save water and improve farm productivity and yields, globally. Tom lives in the north of Israel, in a community that grows Avocados and pomegranates and is proud of his tractor license. You can find more information about SupPlant here


The link to the video played in the webinar is here


Nature Based Solutions for FAW - Ivan Cruz (EMBRAPA), June 7, 2021

Dr. Ivan Cruz is an entomologist focusing on IPM and biological control strategies with Embrapa maize & sorghum (Brazilian Agricultural Research Cooperation). Dr. Cruz will continue his talk from an FAO event and engage in disucssions around his work “Success of Biological control of Spodoptera frugiperda in maize in areas of small-scale producers (family farmers) in Brazil”.

The link to the recorded webinar can be found here

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