This project is a part of the Center of Excellence for Global Food Security and Defense (CEGFSD). It is designed to foster international partnerships that strengthen agricultural integrity in developing countries and engage international researchers in addressing new and emerging animal and plant pests and disease.
With the growing importance of trade as a component of the U.S. economy, the animal and plant pests and diseases that affect our trading partners are of interest to the U.S. This means in our globally integrated world the growth and stability of our partners has significant implications to the U.S.'s national food security and to the global food system as a whole. We share with our Latin American partners the important cultivation of tomatoes, peppers, and citrus crops as well as the ranching of sheep and goats. It is this commonality of shared food where our pilot symposium begins and builds allowing us to address food security and defense in the Americas. These webinars will cover a variety of information including pest and disease recognition, mitigation strategies, modern detection tools and disease monitoring. As a part of the Latin American cohort, programing will be joined by our contacts in Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.
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