International research and outreach opportunities are set to increase for Fort Valley State University's College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology thanks to new leadership at an important campus program.
FVSU's College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology recently appointed Dr. Bharat Singh, a Fort Valley State University professor of agronomy and sustainable agriculture, as interim director of the campus' Office of International Agriculture and Development (OIAD).
"We have several international collaborations currently going on in various research and academic areas within the college," said Dr. Govind Kannan, dean of the FVSU College of Ag. "The OIAD will streamline all international projects, expand existing collaborations, establish new partnerships through securing external grants and pave the way for establishing a sustainable, self-supporting international center down the road."
Kannan said Singh's accomplishments and years of experience in international agriculture will aid him in his new position.
"Singh's contributions to international agriculture are remarkable," said Kannan, who noted that the agronomy professor has traveled to more than 60 countries and served on numerous international agriculture boards. "He has participated in international activities in a number of countries including India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ecuador and Costa Rica to name a few."
Singh describes his appointment as a humbling experience and is pleased to know that he can continue to contribute to the institution he has served for more than three decades.
"I like to interact with different people," the new OIAD interim director said. "Knowing people and working with people all over the world is part of my nature."
The professor said he sees his appointment as an opportunity to transfer knowledge and to receive knowledge that can help small farmers and agriculture professionals in the U.S. and around the world.
"I plan to make an assessment of our capabilities, see where we can make the most contributions, apply for grants, make contacts and increase our international visibility and cooperation," Singh said.