Collaborative Programs

Current Projects

1. Africa Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE)

1. African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) is a collaborative project between WolrdTAP at Michigan State University and New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency. The ABNE project is a biosafety resource network for African regulators and policy makers and is established to enhance biosafety capacity of African countries with an aim towards building functional biosafety regulatory systems. Click to download the ABNE Brochure for further information.


2. Improving Nutrition and Productivity of Buffaloes to Adapt to the Impacts of Climate Change in Nepal

A collaborative research project with National Agricultural Research Council, Agriculture and Forestry University and the Department of Livestock Services in Nepal for forage crop cultivation, feeding, and reproduction management in three districts: Chitwan, Tanhu and Gorkha of the Gandaki River Basin. The goal of this project is to enhance the productivity of buffaloes through improved feeding and reproduction strategies with an end goal to enhance the smallholder buffalo farmers ability to adapt to the consequences of climate change.

Annual Collaborative Programs


1. Borlaug Fellowship Program

United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA FAS)  annually provide fellowships to scientists, researchers, and policymakers to train and develop collaborative research programs with U.S. education and research institutions and government agencies. The highlight of this training program is that the fellows get an opportunity to attend the annual World Food Prize Symposium held in Des Moines, Iowa. Click to learn more about the Borlaug Fellowship Program.

Since 2005, the WorldTAP program at MSU has proudly hosted 42 Borlaug Fellows from 17 countries from around the world (click the map below for a detailed overview of fellows and their countries). Read more. 

Borlaug Fellows Map 2014


2. Cochran Fellowship Program

USDA FAS Cochran Fellowship Program is an excellent program for professionals from middle and emerging economies to gain training and practical experience at U.S. education and research institutions, private sector, and U.S. government agencies in various aspects of agricultural development .

Each year WorldTAP program receives a numbers of Cochran Fellows particularly from Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia for training in food safety, biotehcnology, livestock production, water management etc.

Completed Projects

Central Asia Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

This project was completed in September 2014. It was funded by the IPM Innocation Lab supported by USAIDs Feed the Future initiative. The project was designed to develop comprehensive IPM initiative, using an ecologically-based and multidisciplinary systems approach. This projects is hosted by Michigan State University, theUniversity of California-Davis, and The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). are the host institutions collaborating with colleagues from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Click to learn more about the Central Asia Integrated Pest Management.

Central Asia Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Investments in biotechnology research and development (R&D) would not be fruitful and productive without institutional capacity in IP management. To fulfill this need, through USDA-ARS funding, MSU worked with state agricultural universities (SAU) in India to collaboratively assist in building institutional IP management capacity. The focus of this program has been with two SAUs: CCS Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) and Kerala Agricultural University (KAU). Through mentorship programs, focused internships and workshops, institutional IP management policies and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Cells have been developed and strengthened. The experiences of these two universities were shared with other universities and research institutions in India and Sri Lanka.

Partnership Programs

SAP iconCANR South Asia Partnership (SAP) Intiative

The South Asia region consists of 8 countries (India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives, Bhutan, and Afghanistan). With a population of more than 1.5 billion, the region offers significant opportunities for Michigan State University (MSU) for expanded international linkages and partnerships. Given the enormous potential, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at MSU has identified South Asia as the strategic region for building long-term collaboration and partnership. Based on the MSU South Asia Summit held in September 2008 and prior consultations with collaborators in India and South Asian countries, the CANR prioritized the following three thematic areas for the college level initiative: Natural Resource Management (water, soil, biodiversity, etc.) Enhancing Agricultural Productivity, including Plant and Animal Biotechnology Agri-Food Systems The initial target countries for the CANR South Asia Partnership (SAP) are India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. CANR South Asia Partnership is open to work, collaborate and partner with other countries depending on availability of resources and opportunities.