With the help of Virginia Tech researchers, cocoa farmers in Indonesia are learning to protect their plants without damaging their environment, vegetable farmers in a watershed in the Philippines are learning how to practice organic gardening, farmers in Ethiopia are working on water supply and watershed management projects, and former tobacco farmers in Southside Virginia are using their croplands and skills to grow bio-fuels.

These and a number of other global and local partnerships forged by Virginia Tech are featured in the current issue of Outreach Now: Networking Opportunities Worldwide.

The magazine, produced by Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs (http://www.outreach.vt.edu/), also includes articles on

  • The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, where research projects and education programs are aimed at improving Southside Virginia’s economy;
  • The “bio-tech-in-a-box” project and the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiative in public schools;
  • International education and study abroad; and
  • The VT-Engage volunteer initiative.

Read the magazine online.

Request a printed copy of Outreach Now online, or send e-mail requests to Holly Carroll or Kim Rhodes.