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Understanding the long-term impact of climate change on Indian crops

Over the past few decades, it has become obvious that climate change, and consequent extreme weather events, can wreak havoc on crop yields. Concerningly, there is a large disparity in agricultural vulnerability between developed and developing countries. In a new study, researchers have looked at major food grains in India to understand the long- and short-term effects of climate change on crop yields.

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ACES undergraduates work towards global food security as part of internship program

Through the innovative Global Food Security Interns program, selected undergraduates in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors on specific projects towards global food and nutrition security in low- and middle-income countries.

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ACES International announces funding recipients for projects in Vietnam, Brazil, Kenya, and Pakistan

Four faculty from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) have received funding to further their international work through the longstanding ACES International Seed Grant program.

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ACES to host U.S.-German Forum on the Future of Agriculture

Selected farmers in the United States Corn Belt will participate in the U.S.-German Forum on the Future of Agriculture, a unique transatlantic dialogue starting in spring 2023.

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Illinois study: Which weather characteristics affect agricultural and food trade the most?

URBANA, Ill. – Changing weather patterns have profound impacts on agricultural production around the world. Higher temperatures, severe drought, and other weather events may decrease output in some regions but effects are often volatile and unpredictable. Yet, many countries rely on agricultural and food trade to help alleviate the consequences of local, weather-induced production shifts, a new paper from the University of Illinois suggests.

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Should maize farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa store or sell their grain?

URBANA, Ill. – Many maize farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa sell their crop at harvest, often because they need funds to pay expenses. Development agencies often support or sponsor harvest-time loans that encourage farmers to store some of their grain for later sale, on an assumption that its market value will increase in months to come. But that’s not a sure bet, as a new University of Illinois study reveals.

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ACES hosts Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa)

To further the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) collaborations with colleagues in Brazil towards a shared goal of food security, the Office of International Programs hosted distinguished visitors from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) in October.

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Two ACES affiliates receive 2022 Illinois International Achievement Awards

The global impacts of two affiliates of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) were recognized at a banquet during International Education Week at the University of Illinois.

Nominations for the Illinois International Achievement Awards are solicited annually for five award categories. This year’s recipients included:  

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$30M USAID grant sees soybean innovation through the last mile in Africa

URBANA, Ill. – Last month, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new $30 million investment in the Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL) at the University of Illinois. The competitive grant was awarded under Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative led by USAID. 

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Hands-on rice research at IRRI inspires undergrads towards work in food security

Working towards international food security is a career aspiration for a group of College of ACES undergraduates after they spent six weeks conducting research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines.  

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