University of FLORIDA

The University of Florida (UF), founded in 1853, is a public land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant research university on a 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) in Gainesville, Florida. It is the eighth largest single-campus university in the United States with an enrollment about 55,000 students. The University of Florida is home to sixteen academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes, and offers more than 100 master’s degree programs and seventy-six doctoral degree programs in eighty-seven schools and departments.

In 2018, the University of Florida is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Top 10 public research universities in the United States. UF is one of sixty-two elected member institutions of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the association of preeminent North American research universities, and the only AAU member university in Florida. With more than 10,000 active research projects and over $650 million in research awards, UF is classified as “R1: Research University” (institutions with the highest research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

University research strengths/ areas of expertise related to activities in Consortium

  • Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Value Chains
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering: Biosensors
  • Agricultural and Life Sciences Extension Programming and Program Evaluation
  • Community Development
  • Materials Sciences and Engineering
  • Organic, Sustainable and Renewable Agriculture
  • Rural Poverty: Household and Community well-being
  • Sustainable Economic Development
  • Youth Sciences: entrepreneurship and empowerment

University Consortium team members

Pilar Useche

Pilar Useche

Team Leader

Associate Professor, Food and Resource Economics; and Center for Latin American Studies

[email protected]
fred.ifas.ufl.edu

Kathy Colverson

Kathy Colverson

Associate Director UF-IFAS Global, International Office Agricultural College

[email protected]
global.ifas.ufl.edu

Julie Fesenmaier

Julie Fesenmaier

Associate Director, International Center

[email protected]
internationalcenter.ufl.edu

Rose Koenig

Rose Koenig

Director UF-IFAS Global, International Office Agricultural College

[email protected]
global.ifas.ufl.edu

Eric McLamore

Eric McLamore

Associate Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

[email protected]
abe.ufl.edu

Juan Claudio Niño

Juan Claudio Niño

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

[email protected]
nrg.mse.ufl.edu

Jorge Ruiz Menjivar

Jorge Ruiz Menjivar

Assistant Professor, Family, Youth and Community Sciences

[email protected]
fycs.ifas.ufl.edu

Consortium subgroup projects

Enhancing Labor Practices and Identifying Best Certification Programs for Colombian Cacao Associations

Proposals

University webpage and other relevant links

www.ufl.edu

Nine land grant universities united in the cause of peace in Colombia.

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The LGU Colombia Consortium seeks to leverage the land grant mission and expertise in applied agriculture and extension services to collaboratively help create a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable rural economy in support of Colombia’s peacebuilding agenda.

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