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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Title Page
        Title Page
    Preface
        Page i
    Table of Contents
        Page ii
    Introduction
        Page 1
    Structure of the UF-IFSA/ESPOL program
        Page 1
    Benefits to UF
        Page 1
    Five major program areas
        Page 2
        Joint projects with PROMSA as a model
            Page 2
            Page 3
        Graduate student research and education
            Page 4
        M. S. degree in sustainable tropical agriculture
            Page 5
            Page 6
        Extensive education
            Page 7
            Page 8
        Undergraduate education: A 2+2 program and B.S. degree in agriculture engineering
            Page 9
            Page 10
    Appendix 1: ESPOL action team
        Page 11
    Appendix 2: 1999 annual report
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
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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 Politecnica 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

Introduction ............................................... ................

Structure of the UF-IFAS/ESPOL Program..................

Benefits to UF............................................. ...............

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 PolitEcnica 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.








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 PolitEcnica 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.








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 PolitEcnica 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.








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 Project 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








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 Project 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








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 UF and ESPOL.

Specific activities to be completed in the PROMSA project
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








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.








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 UF-
ESPOL 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/Universitv 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.








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 Polit6cnica 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 Ensefianza (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 Agricultural
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








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.








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 III: IFAS Extension Faculty and IFAS Clientele International Training 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 Program 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,








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 III: 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.








Proposed Activities


Both institutions have a genuine interest in developing a 2+2 undergraduate
degree program for a B.S. degree in some aspects) or fields) 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 ESPOL

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.








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
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Jack Rechcigl Gulf Coast Research & Education Center Bradenton (941) 751-7636 rechcigl@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu
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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.









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 Atheam 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









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 McMillan, all of TREC in
Homestead.

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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 (typed) 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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