The Faculty has participated actively in the last World Food Activities organised by the FOA. The Agricultural Society and many students of our students have provided valuable assistance to make the event a success. Congratulations to all. More info at Mauritius Agriculture blog.
The Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) held on Monday at Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre at Bell Village a conference on "Food prices: from crisis to stability". Two academic staff, Mr Shane Hurdowar and Mrs Roshini Brizmohun- Gopaul gave talks on related issues to theme.
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Ms Nawsheen Hosenally who has graduated in 2011 with an undergrad degree in agricutural extension from the Faculty of Agriculture was in Swaziland from the 19-25 Sep 2011 to attend the Regional Dialogue of FANRPAN, in Swaziland. She has shared her experiences and the highlights of the meeting on http://nawsheenh.blogspot.com/2011/09/fanrpan-annual-high-level-regional-food.html
She will act as a consultant to carry out a case study on agricultural policies for youth in Mauritius.The project is funded by CTA and is going to start this month.
We wish her all the best in her efforts.
At the last graduation ceremony at the University of Mauritius held on the 5th October 2011, 4 students of the Faculty of Agriculture was awarded their degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and more specifically it was awarded to four women, Sunita Facknath, Anissa Nain, Manisha Ramnauth and Nafiisa Sobrattee received their degrees in the areas Entomology, Molecular Biology, Food Science and Technology and Bio Resource Management respectively. "Having four PhD Holders in a year is an honor and a pride for the Faculty of Agriculture," said the Dean , Dr Françoise Driver. It comes at a time when the tertiary sector wants to promote academic research and the Faculty will continue to play a pivotal role in the development of the agricultural sector in Mauritius through training of human resources and up to date research.
Dr Françoise Driver, the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture has been nominated by the board of ANAFE (African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education) to attend the 10th meeting of the Advisory Committee on Science and Technology for Development agricultural and rural development in ACP countries, from October 9 to 13 in Roseau, Dominican Republic. The Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Mauritius will discuss the concrete actions that policymakers can take to safeguard the food system in ACP countries.