My international program emphasizes management of and net economic returns from the livestock component of mixed farming systems in developing countries, especially Latin America and Africa. Teaching, training, outreach, development and research constitute an integral strategy. These efforts are exemplified through the university leadership that I provide as Director of the Latin American Studies Program and the USAID-funded TIES-Mexico grant (Decision Support of Ruminant Livestock Systems in the Gulf Region of Mexico). Program objectives are to train scientists by investigating options to improve productivity, net economic returns and sustainability of the livestock component of farming systems in developing countries. Parallel objectives are to disseminate this information to students, trainees, international collaborators and other decision makers.
Program foci include productivity of livestock systems, especially dual-purpose ruminants; economic evaluation and decision-making; modeling and validation of livestock nutrition management in mixed farming systems, especially the use of local resources; and matching animal genetic potentials with environmental constraints in alternative agroecozones.
The instruction component of this program focuses on accurate problem definition, especially in a real-world systems context of interactions and unanticipated outcomes, to train professionals to help solve problems of food system productivity, net economic returns and sustainability of the livestock component of farming systems in developing countries.
International outreach targets delivery of research information to international collaborators and other decision makers and in training professionals to help manage the livestock component of tropical farming systems.