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Report of the ESPOL Action Team to Vice President Michael Martin, October 24, 2000

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Report of the
ESPOL Action
Team
to
Vice President Michael Martin
October 24, 2000




Executive Summary
" The ESPOL Action Team was appointed by Vice President Mike Martin to
assist in shaping the future long-term programmatic relationship between the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida
(UF-IFAS) and Escuela Superior Polit~cnica del Litoral (ESPOL).
* The ESPOL Action Team proposes to solidify the UF-IFAS/ESPOL
Program by concentrating on five specific program areas and by structuring the program to insure central coordination for the multitude of
projects that will emerge.
* The UF-IFAS/ESPOL Program will be directed by Dr. Peter Hildebrand,
the current Academic Manager of the Cooperative Agreement. In addition, to insure a more solid and continuous two-way relationship, we propose to establish a UF-IFAS Program Coordinator position to be housed at ESPOL; this could be a position assumed by successive UF
faculty.
" The UF-IFAS/ESPOL Program will initially focus on five program areas:
o Joint Projects with PROMSA as a Model
o Graduate Student Research and Education
o M.S. Degree Program in Sustainable Tropical Agriculture
o Extension Education
o Undergraduate Education: A 2+2 Program and B.S. Degree in
Agricultural Engineering
* The Action Team summarizes the benefits to UF of the UF-IFAS/ESPOL
Program as:
o Enhancing UF-IFAS' capacity and reputation to address global
challenges in agriculture and natural resources.
o Further advancing the international dimension of UF-IFAS faculty,
students, courses and programs.
o Continuing to integrate and thereby enhance research, teaching
and extension programs at UF-IFAS.
o Providing the framework for future cooperation and partnering in
other programs.




Table of Contents
Executive Summary ......................................... i
I ntrodluction.................................................1
Structure of the UF-IFAS/ESPOL Program ..........1
Benefits to LIF................................................1
Five Major Program Areas.......................... 2
Joint Projects with PROMSA as a Model ............... 2
Graduate Student Research and Education ............ 4
M.S. Degree in Sustainable Tropical Agriculture........ 5 Extension Education.................................... 7
Undergraduate Education: A 2+2 Program
and B.S. Degree in Agricultural Engineering ........ 9 Appendix 1: ESPOL Action Team.................. 11
Appendix 2: 1999 Annual Report.................. 12




Introduction
The ESPOL Action Team was appointed by Vice President Mike Martin to assist in shaping the future long-term programmatic relationship between the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida (UF-IFAS) and Escuela Superior Polit~cnica del Litoral (ESPOL) (Appendix 1: ESPOL Action Team). Since 1999, when the Memorandum of Understanding was signed by both universities, many projects have been initiated illustrating the growing interest of IFAS-UF faculty in ESPOL and Ecuador. The attached 1999 Annual Report notes the exchanges of professors and students, the research activity, and publication collaborations that have already occurred with over 50 IFAS-UF faculty currently involved or showing interest in future projects (Appendix 2:1999 Annual Report).
The ESPOL Action Team proposes to solidify the UF-IFAS/ESPOL Program by concentrating on five specific program areas and by structuring the program to insure central coordination for the multitude of projects that will emerge.
Structure of the UF-IFAS/ESPOL Program
The UF-IFAS/ESPOL Program will be directed by Dr. Peter Hildebrand, the current Academic Manager of the Cooperative Agreement. In addition, we propose to establish a UF-IFAS Program Coordinator position to be housed at ESPOL; this could be a position assumed by successive UF faculty. This position would insure a more solid and continuous two-way relationship with ESPOL and would also facilitate and coordinate projects that are centered in Ecuador. We recommend Dr. David Zimet as the initial UF-IFAS Program Coordinator. A Steering Committee in Gainesville could serve to advise the overall direction for the Program.
Benefits to UF
The Action Team summarizes the benefits of the UF-IFAS/ESPOL Program as:
" Enhancing UF-IFAS' capacity and reputation to address global
challenges in agriculture and natural resources.
" Further advancing the international dimension of UF-IFAS faculty,
students, courses and programs.
" Continuing to integrate and thereby enhance research, teaching and
extension programs at UF-IFAS.
" Providing the framework for future cooperation and partnering in other
programs.
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Five Major Program Areas
The UF-IFAS/ESPOL Program will initially focus on five program areas:
* Joint Projects with PROMSA as a Model
" Graduate Student Research and Education
" M.S. Degree Program in Sustainable Tropical Agriculture
* Extension Education
" Undergraduate Education: A 2+2 Program and B.S. Degree in
Agricultural Engineering
The goal, proposed activities, benefits to UF and ESPOL, and resources needed are described below for each of the five program areas.
Joint Projects with PROMSA as a Model
Goal
To provide an initial focus for faculty projects and establish structures for joint research and outreach programs
Proposed Activities
The PROMSA Proiect entitled "Investigation of Agricultural Opportunities in the Santa Elena Peninsula (including the competitive advantages in international markets and evaluation of necessary resources for program implementation)" and funded by Unidad Ejecutora del Fondo del Programa de Modernizacion de los Servicios Agropecuarios (PROMSA-MAG) is an opportunity to establish long lasting relationship between UF and ESPOL. The participants in the funded projects are: ESPOL, UF, and CEDEGE.
While the project is for only 18 months, it will provide a concrete focus for interaction between UF and ESPOL faculty, staff, and students. Through the project, UF and ESPOL will establish structures and procedures, such as those associated with crop testing, which will facilitate future cooperative research and outreach efforts. The project will also facilitate initiation of several research projects, many of which will extend beyond the timeframe for the PROMSA project.
The main objectives of this project are the evaluation of the agricultural and environmental baseline at the Santa Elena Peninsula and development of a viable plan for agricultural development, experimental agricultural research, and a functional agricultural extension program. Clearly 18 months is far too brief to develop a plan for agricultural development. Moreover, any plan must be dynamic to adapt to changes in markets, technology, society, and the
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environment. Therefore, the main focus of UF's work in the project will be assisting ESPOL to establish functional research and extension procedures and structures. These will both facilitate work toward the longer range goals for the Santa Elena Peninsula (as well as the Guayas River Basin) and provide a common framework for cooperative work between UIF and ESPOL.
Specific activities to be completed in the PROMSA proiect
" Selection and translation of relevant extension documents.
* Development of guidelines for field experimentation including:
o A possible short course for ESPOL faculty and graduate students
and
o The draft of the plan for extension development.
" Assistance with creation of a database through faculty and graduate
student involvement.
* Establishment of graduate student exchange.
" UF faculty assistance with specific project objectives as requested by
ESPOL.
" Initiation of selected research projects of common interest which can
further the PROMSA project by providing input for the deliverables required at the end of the 18 months and/or acting as examples of the types of work required to meet the longer range development objectives
for the Santa Elena Peninsula.
Benefits to UF and ESPOL
* Providing a framework for future cooperative research and outreach
efforts.
" Providing research projects and funding for field research for 3-6 graduate
students at the masters level (economics, agricultural extension, social
sciences, environmental science).
" Involvement of several UF faculty members in establishment of a
database and development of a plan for future cooperation.
* Travel funding for faculty involved in student supervision and project
implementation.
* Opportunities for establishment of long-term faculty and student
exchanges.
* Establishment of long-term cooperation between the UF and ESPOL.
" Evaluation of the available data to create an agricultural baseline for Santa
Elena Peninsula.
* Development of experimental research farms.
* Development of a plan for an agricultural extension service.
Resources Needed
The PROMSA project provides money for faculty and student travel and some living expenses in Ecuador. Some OPS support and translation cost would be
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extremely helpful. There is a possibility that some money will be transferred to UF by ESPOL to cover these additional expenses.
There is a need for IFAS to commit faculty time and possibly to waive some normal overhead charges.
The faculty members involved in the project, Richard Beilock, Dorota Haman and David Zimet, are in the process of identifying appropriate faculty members and students who will be directly involved in this project.
Graduate Student Research and Education
Goal
To enhance the education of UF-ESPOL graduate students through research and education in Ecuador and involve UF-ESPOL faculty through supervision of graduate students.
Proposed Activities
Student research projects will be developed in conjunction with the PROMSA project and other collaborative activities as they emerge. Building on core and funded activities, UF-ESPOL will reach out across the UF campus to recruit students from different departments and colleges who might be interested in developing complementary research projects for their Master's or Ph.D. Building around core research would allow the program to develop an interdisciplinary scope through concrete activities.
Site visits for graduate students (and their faculty advisors) from UF to visit ESPOL and meet with faculty and students will allow the development of appropriate student research projects for Master's or Ph.D. studies in Ecuador. During these trips, students will visit research sites, negotiate research with ESPOL counterparts, and refine their focus. Site visits could be funded through a competitive process administered by the UF-ESPOL Program.
Short courses offered at ESPOL on subjects defined to be of mutual interest will include UF students as participants, either as students or (for advanced Ph.D. students for example), as instructors. This experience which will be linked with the Extension Education program area will provide an opportunity to meet with counterparts, visit research sites, and define proposals for future collaborative work. UF credit will be offered for these overseas courses.
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Benefits to UF and ESPOL
Involvement of graduate students in UF-ESPOL program activities will provide both immediate and long-term benefits for both institutions:
* Students will have the opportunity to add an international dimension to
their work.
* Faculty advisors will become involved in the exchange program
through their supervision of the students' activities. Students are more likely to be available in the short term, and through involvement in their activities faculty will have the opportunity to get to know their counterparts at the other institution and to build longer-term
collaborative activities.
* Involvement of graduate students provides a mechanism for the UFESPOL Program to integrate research and education in innovative and
interdisciplinary ways.
Resources Needed
Research and Extension funding will be required to support student research and the follow-up extension programming that will be required with each project. These funds could come from national and local sources for graduate research, through ESPOL support for research considered to be priority areas, or through faculty-generated proposals such as PROMSA.
Flexible travel funding through a combination of UF and ESPOL sources will be a key mechanism to permit student and faculty exchanges to develop through consultation on site. The respective administering groups at each institution could develop a procedure for soliciting and evaluating requests for funds.
Funding for short courses at ESPOL will require either fees paid by participating students (in which case UF would need to consider offering fellowships for UF students to participate) or program support from ESPOL.
M.S. Degree in Sustainable Tropical Agriculture
ESPOL/University of Guayaquil joint program
Goal
To impel the sustainable development of agriculture in Ecuador through the formation of professionals with postgraduate training who know and understand the Ecuadorian agricultural reality and who possess the capacity to generate technology to deal with that reality.
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Proposed Activities
Due to the changing face of Ecuadorian agriculture, at both the commercial and subsistence levels, and the ever-increasing interaction between agriculture, the environment and markets, the Universidad de Guayaquil and the Escuela Superior Polit~cnica del Litoral (ESPOL) have agreed to collaborate to offer a Master of Science program in Sustainable Tropical Agriculture. Various institutions, including the Instituto Nacional Aut6nomo de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIAP) of Ecuador, the Centro Agron6mico Tropical de Investigaci6n y Ensehianza (CATIE) of Costa Rica, the Universidad Jaume I de Castell6 (UJI).of Spain, and the University of Florida (UF), are working with the University of Guayaquil and ESPOL to assist in developing the program.
The primary objectives of the program are:
* To develop the Master of Science program along with an exchange of
scientific information and development of joint activities for information and
technology generation with the help of the above named institutions, and
* To perform research that will provide a new repertoire of tropical
agriculture technology that guarantees agricultural productivity, preservation of the environment, social progress and transfer of the
generated technology.
A preliminary curriculum has been established, and it has been proposed that courses initially be co-taught by an instructor from one of the international institutions along with an Ecuadorian counterpart. Over time, the Ecuadorian instructor would take more of the responsibility for teaching, while the role of the international instructor would shift more towards that of a consultant.
The University of Florida through faculty of the Institute of Food and Agqricultural Sciences has agreed to provide further assistance in the development of the curriculum as well as assistance in course instruction in the Master of Science program. The five IFAS faculty members currently involved, along with the courses they have agreed to offer, are listed below:
Robert Bates Agricultural Processing and Distribution Systems
Dorota Haman Water Management Techniques and Irrigation Systems
Peter Hildebrand Agricultural Systems and Sustainable Rural Development
Mickie Swisher Agroecology, Food and the Environment
David Zimet Quality in Marketing, Extension
Benefits to UF and ESPOL
ESPOL and University of Guayaquil faculty may be interested in advanced degrees at UF. Graduates of the M.S. degree may come to UF for further study. Also, thesis research in the degree program can support the other research
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being conducted by UF and ESPOL faculty based on the PROMSA project and others. Courses taught in Ecuador will provide IFAS faculty opportunities to enhance their own research in sustainable tropical agriculture. Semester-long courses taught in Ecuador will provide IFAS faculty with quality time in that country enhancing their understanding of development and will provide the opportunity to learn or improve their Spanish. Distance courses will help IFAS faculty familiarize themselves with this means of teaching. ESPOL will have the opportunity of selecting the best students to become part of their faculty.
Resources Needed
ESPOL/University of Guayaquil will pay expenses. Semester-long courses will require IFAS faculty to request change of duty post for that time. Our direct participation should last at least two years.
Extension Education
Goal
To assist in the development of an Extension Service to serve the Santa Elena Peninsula and Guayas Basin.
Proposed Activities
The Extension Education program activities propose to:
" Develop a plan for the institutional framework of an Extension Service at
ESPOL.
" Develop an International Extension Training Program for IFAS.
" Assist in the development of program delivery via pilot projects.
Phase I: Seminar Series and future program setup
A Seminar Series on Extension Education for ESPOL Faculty and Students in Ecuador by Extension Education Faculty from IFAS with a systems approach including all topics related to agricultural landscapes:
* A systems approach including all topics related to agricultural landscapes
(Agriculture production, inputs including water, outputs, commodity health issues, cost accounting, ecological and health consequences, primary and secondary natural resource enterprises, labor, health and nutrition of
workers, community development and economic diversification).
" Extension Education Faculty from IFAS travel to ESPOL and review
current Agriculture and Natural Resources Education capacity and
Extension activities.
* While there IFAS Faculty will review and set up the "IFAS Extension
Faculty International Training Program" in Ecuador and the IFAS
Extension Faculty and Clientele Training Tour in ESPOL.
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* Would involve five to seven IFAS faculty for 7 to 10 days annually.
Phase II: IFAS Extension Faculty International Extension Training Program in ESPOL
The development of an IFAS Extension Faculty International Training Program for IFAS Extension Faculty that would include both experiences on and off campus at ESPOL.
* ESPOL Faculty and Clientele would host County and State IFAS
Extension Faculty during a 12 to 14 day seminar and training tour. IFAS
Extension Team Leaders would lead the group while at ESPOL.
" Visits and seminars would include presentations by ESPOL Faculty in
Campus Departments, Demonstration Farms, Small and Large Farms of
ESPOL, Natural Resource Areas and related Agribusinesses.
" Prior to departure three seminar briefings (three days each) would be held
on International Extension and expectations while at ESPOL.
" Would involve 12 to 14 county and state IFAS Extension faculty members
for 12 to 14 days at ESPOL.
Phase IIl: IFAS Extension Faculty and IFAS Clientele International Traininq Tour at ESPOL
The development of a training program for ESPOL Faculty and Clientele in Florida that would include both experiences on and off campus.
" County and State Extension and IFAS Departments on Campus host
ESPOL Faculty and Clientele during a 12 to 14 day training tour. A Team
Leader and other Faculty would lead the group.
Visits and seminars would include presentations by IFAS Faculty in
Campus Departments, RECs, County Extension Offices, Ecuador Farms, Natural Resource Businesses and Areas and related Ecuador
Agribusinesses.
* Prior to departure a seminar (1 to 2 days) briefing would be held on
expectations while at ESPOL.
* Would involve 4 to 6 Extension faculty and 10 IFAS Florida clientele
members for 12 to 14 days at ESPOL.
Phase IV: An Extension and Agriculture Education Training Pro-gram for ESPOL Faculty and Clientele in Florida
The development of an Extension and Agriculture Education Training Program for ESPOL Faculty and Ecuador Agriculture Clientele hosted in Florida.
" This Florida training tour would include both experiences on and off
campus. State and County Extension Faculty of IFAS will host ESPOL Faculty and Ecuador Clientele during a 12 to 14 day Florida training tour.
An IFAS Team Leader and other IFAS Faculty would lead the group while
in Florida.
* Visits and seminars would include presentations by IFAS Faculty in
Campus Departments, RECs, County Extension Offices, Florida Farms,
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Natural Resource Businesses and Areas and related Florida
Agribusinesses.
* Would involve 12 to 14 ESPOL Faculty members and Ecuador Agriculture
Clientele for 12 to 14 days in Florida.
Benefits to UF and ESPOL
ESPOL Faculty The development of an understanding and appreciation of IFAS Extension and Florida Agriculture and Natural Resource concerns. IFAS Faculty The development of an understanding and appreciation for International Extension.
ESPOL Clientele The development of an understanding and appreciation of IFAS Extension, and Florida Agriculture and Natural Resource concerns. IFAS Clientele The development of an understanding and appreciation for International Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Resources Needed
Phase I: Seminar Series and future program setup
* Five to Seven IFAS Faculty members 10 days annually -- $11,200
Phase II: IFAS Extension Faculty International Extension Training Program at ESPOL
setup
* 12 to 14 County and State IFAS Extension Faculty members, and two
Team Leaders, 12 to 14 days at ESPOL -- $38,000
Phase II: IFAS Extension Faculty and IFAS Clientele International Training Tour at ESPOL
* 4 to 6 Extension faculty and 10 IFAS Florida clientele members and two
Team leaders, 12 to 14 days at ESPOL -- $38,000
Phase IV: An Extension and Agriculture and Natural Resources Production Training Program for ESPOL Faculty and Clientele in Florida
12 to 14 ESPOL Faculty members and Ecuador Agriculture Clientele, 12
to 14 days in Florida -- $32,000 Total
$119,200
Undergraduate Education:
A 2+2 Program and B.S. Degree in Agricultural Engineering.
Goal
To establish a 2+2 undergraduate degree program with ESPOL and to assist ESPOL in the development of a B.S. degree in agricultural engineering.
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Proposed Activities
Both institutions have a genuine interest in developing a 2+2 undergraduate degree program for a B.S. degree in some aspect(s) or field(s) of Agricultural and Natural Resources. Dr. E. Jane Luzar, Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, has been developing the guidelines and details for the program. Dr. Luzar has been assured that transfer credits from ESPOL will be accepted by UF The next step is to proceed to work out the details of the program, possibly patterned after similar agreements with other universities.
ESPOL is also proposing to offer a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering and is requesting our assistance with its development and implementation. We need to investigate the role we can play in this new degree program.
Benefits to UF and ESPOIL
Both IFAS students and faculty will benefit from the involvement and contributions of Ecuadorian students in our classrooms and programs. These students will further internationalize our perspectives and approach to teaching. ESPOL students will, in turn, learn about challenges and solutions to sustainable agriculture and natural resource conservation and management in the United States. A new degree program in Agricultural Engineering at ESPOL would increase the number and quality of agricultural experts to solve the current and emerging agricultural challenges in the Santa Elena Peninsula and the Guayas Basin.
Resources Needed
We are very fortunate to have the primary resource, leadership, already present for the program. Dr. E. Jane Luzar, Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, has taken the initiative to begin the establishment of the program. Perhaps, a core teaching faculty committee, could assist in developing and promoting the program to both IFAS faculty and ESPOL students and faculty. This same committee could assist ESPOL with the B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering.
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Appendix 1:
UF-IFAS/ESPOL Action Team
Name Department Campus Address Phone Number E-mail
Richard Beilock Food & Resource Economics G081 McCarty Hall (352) 392-1881 matildal@ufl.edu
x317
Mary Duryea Forest Resources & Conservation 359 Newins-Ziegler (352) 846-0896 mld@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu
(Chair) Hall
Nat Frazer Wildlife Ecology & Conservation 303 Newins-Ziegler (352) 846-0552 FrazerN@wec.ufl.edu
Hall
Dorota Haman Agricultural & Biological Engineering 104 Rogers Hall (352) 392-8432 dhaman@ufl.edu
Peter Hildebrand Food & Resource Economics 2126 McCarty Hall (352) 392-1845 hildebrand@fred.ifas.ufl.edu
x436
Waldemar Klassen Tropical Research & Education Center Homestead (305) 246-6340 klassen@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu
Donald Maynard Gulf Coast Research & Education Center Bradenton (941) 751-7636 dnma@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu
x239
Jack Rechcigl Gulf Coast Research & Education Center Bradenton (941) 751-7636 rechcigl@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu
ext.225
Joe Schaefer Center for Natural Resources 1051 McCarty Hall (352) 846-2009 SchaeferJ@wec.ufl.edu
Marianne Schmink Latin American Studies 301 Grinter Hall (352) 392-0375 schmink@tcd.ufl.edu
Pete Vergot Office of District Directors 1062 McCarty Hall (850) 875-7137 vergot@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu
North Florida Research & Education Quincy
Center
David Zimet North Florida Research & Education Quincy (850) 875-7125 djz@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu
Center




Appendix 2:
ANNUAL REPORT OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT Submitted to
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
In an effort to help us track international agreements, provide information to faculty with shared interests and encourage further development of similar collaborative efforts, we ask that you submit a brief annual report within two weeks after the end of each year of the Cooperative Agreement. We would also appreciate being kept informed of any on-going developments that result from this collaboration.
Name of Agreement: Cooperative Agreement by and between the Escuela Superior Polit6cnica del Litoral and the University of Florida
Cooperating Institution: ESPOL
Dates of Agreement: 09/01/99 to 08/30/04
Academic Manager: Peter Hildebrand
UF/IFAS Department: Food and Resource Economics
Date annual report submitted: 09/15/00
1. ACTIVITIES: Report here about exchanges of professors, students (include numbers), research activity, publication collaborations, visits, etc. that have occurred this past reporting year.
* Activities at UF site for reporting year: 09/99-08/00
o April 13, 1999. A group of UF faculty and graduate students met to discuss
collaboration with ESPOL and the Wong Foundation of a medicinal plant project in
Ecuador. Included were: Hugh Popenoe, Soil and Water Science; Bijan Dehgan,
Environmental Hort.; Ray Gallaher, Agronomy; Michael Bond, Soil and Water
Science; Michael Thomas, Botany; Norman Breuer, CNRE; Steve Church, FRED.
o November 1999. UF submitted a proposal to US State Department for $50,000
per year for three years for international travel to and from ESPOL. Beilock and
Haman, PIs. (Unsuccessful)
o May 14-19, 2000. Eduardo Rivadeneira, (Dean, Eng. and Prod. Sciences),
Washington Cardenas (Biotechnology), Rail Castillo (Agronomy), Ram6n Espinel
(Ctr. for Economic Research). Enrique Pelaez (Distance Ed.), and Bruno Revna
(Agronomy and An. Sci.), all from ESPOL, visited UF, Bradenton and Ona.
o June 7, 2000. Hildebrand named by VP Michael Martin as ESPOL
representative at UF.
o August 20-23, 2000. Ram6n Espinel visited UF. Was named a courtesy
professor in FRED and provided access to UF library.
o August 2000. PFID project proposal submitted to USAID. ESPOL is one of the
collaborating institutions. Total budget for the four year project is $1.9 million of
which more than $212,000 will go to ESPOL. John VanSickle, FRED, is PI. Other
collaborators are from Law, Sea Grant and IFAS.
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* Activities at Cooperating Institution site for reporting year: 09/99-08/00
o September 5-10, 1999. Hildebrand and John Gordon to Ecuador. Cooperative
Agreement was signed (previously signed by John Lombardi).
o February 6-19, 2000. Hildebrand, Richard Beilock (FRE), William Brown (Asst.
Dean for Research), Mary Duryea (Forest Resources and Conservation), Dorota
Haman (Ag. And Biol. Eng.), Don Maynard (Gulf Coast REC), Jack Rechcigl (Range Cattle REC), David Zimet (North Florida REC) and Elena Bastidas (FRE) to Ecuador
to conduct a Sondeo with ESPOL counterparts.
o June 4, 2000. Ram6n Espinel named by Victor Bastidas, Rector of ESPOL, as
UF representative at ESPOL.
o June, 2000. A proposed ESPOL/University of Guayaquil M.S. degree in
Sustainable Tropical Agriculture backed by UF was presented to the Ecuadorian
authorities.
o Summer 2000. Kevin Athearn, FRE graduate student to ESPOL to conduct a
preliminary study on potential crops for the Santa Elena Peninsula.
o August 2000. PROMSA project approved with a budget of $275,000 of which
about $100,000 is UF and ESPOL match, plus another $50,000 from CFN. This
represents about $225,000 new money. Beilock, Haman, Zimet and Espinel are PIs.
These funds are managed by ESPOL but will provide for UF expenses as well.
* Activities at other sites: None
* Papers, reports, publications, etc. (attached)
o Hildebrand and Gordon Trip Report, September 1999
o Sondeo Report, February 2000
o Minutes of medicinals meeting, April 2000
o Report of ESPOL trip to Florida, May 2000 (Spanish and English translation)
o Letters from Bastidas and Martin appointing representatives, June 2000
o PROMSA project proposal (Beilock, Haman, Zimet, Espinel)
o MS in Sustainable Tropical Agriculture proposal
o Letter from John Gordon appointing Ramon Espinel as Courtesy Professor in
FRED, permitting access to UF library system.
o Kevin Atheamrn report
2. PLANNED ACTIVITIES: Report here about any activities planned for the coming years of the cooperative agreement.
* At UF site:
o Selected ESPOL faculty will begin advanced degree studies at UF.
o Selected ESPOL graduates will begin advanced degree studies at UF.
o Selected ESPOL undergraduates will begin 2+2 studies at UF.
o VP Martin will name an Action Team for ESPOL
o ESPOL extension faculty will visit UF
* At Cooperating Institution site:
o Nov-Dec 2000. Zimet to ESPOL to initiate work on the PROMSA project and
the M.S. degree program in Sustainable Tropical Agriculture.
o Several faculty and graduate students will initiate studies under the PROMSA project
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o Several UF faculty (possible candidates include: Swisher, Haman, Zimet,
Hildebrand, Bates, Jones, Kidder) will go to ESPOL to teach in the M.S. program if
approved.
o Michael Martin, Jane Luzar and Hildebrand to Ecuador in October 2000.
o Jane Polston, Bradenton, to ESPOL in October to assess laboratory facilities and help
design a diagnostics lab. Others at Bradenton interested in collaborating include: Don Maynard, Jack Rechcigl, Robert McGovern, James Price and Craig Stanley.
o Some UF extension faculty will visit ESPOL.
o Will initiate a World Bank study involving albarradas and indigenous knowledge
with support from some UF faculty (IFAS and Liberal Arts and Sciences).
o Will initiate a farming systems study based on UF methodology.
3. MAJOR TOPIC AREAS: List topics/disciplines or areas of interest addressed in recent collaborative activities
* See above
4. FUTURE COLLABORATION: Report on any opportunities or constraints for future cooperation.
* A large number of UF faculty besides those already mentioned have made contacts of
interest to ESPOL:
o Joe Knapp, Roger Natzke, Findlay Pate, Susan Jacobson, Marianne Schmink,
Pete Vergot, Ed Osborne, Hugh Popenoe Ray Gallaher, Terril Nell, Fedro Zazueta, Ron Thomas, Grenville Barnes, Frank Chapman, Paul Mislevy, and Frank Martin
o Others from IFAS expressing interest include: Richard Litz, Jorge Pefia,
Yuncong Li, Mike Davis, Steve O'Hair, and Bob MeMillan, all of TREC in
Homestead.
5. RECOMMENDATIONS: Comment on continuation of agreement, check one:
Continue X Terminate Change terms
Comments:
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6. DATABASE CONTACT INFORMATION: If there are changes in Attachment A of the agreement, show changes below.
UF Department UF Academic Manager: SEE ATTACHED Title:
Address:
Phone:
Fax:
Email:
Website:
Cooperating Institution Name of Contact Person: SEE ATTACHED Title:
Address:
Phone:
Fax:
E-mail:
Website:
Signature of Department Chair: _________________Date: Name of Department Chair (type) John Gordon
Signature of Dean(s): __________ __________Date: ____Signature of Dean(s): _____________________Date:_____Signature of Dean(s): ________________________Date: _____Please return report within two weeks after the end of each year of the Cooperative Agreement to:
International Programs Office of the Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences 2039 McCarty Hall P.O. Box 110282 Gainesville, FL 32611-0282
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