A delegation from Yunnan Agricultural University visited the Cook campus on July 10, hosted by Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs and SEBS International Programs. Associate professor Xenia Morin, program director of SEBS Agriculture and Food Systems major, led the delegation on a tour of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health building and the campus farm. The purpose of the visit was to explore opportunities for collaboration, student exchanges, and academic cooperation.
Yunnan Province, in Southwestern China, is 10% arable land and approximately 90% mountains, with many micro-climates, ranging from tropical to temperate. The province produces rice, corn, tobacco, wheat, soybean, herbs, vegetables, with a specialty in mushrooms.
Morin reports that, although the geography is quite different, the Yunnan Agricultural University’s research interests are similar to Rutgers, and research projects in that region have been conducted by some SEBS students through the Rutgers International Program.