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Penn State researchers lead the way in Water-Energy-Food research in Africa

Sep 3, 2019

Three Penn State researchers — Rachel Brennan, in the College of Engineering, and Mike Jacobson and Brian Thiede, in the College of Agricultural Sciences — recently received $250,000 in University Strategic Plan seed fundingto address global Water-Energy-Food (WEF) challenges. The award, said…

Jensen co-authors chapter in Gender, Agriculture and Agrarian Transformations

May 30, 2019

Leif Jensen, associate director of SSRI and distinguished professor of rural sociology and demography, co-authored a chapter in Gender, Agriculture and Agrarian Transformations edited by Carolyn Sachs, professor emerita of rural sociology. Jensen and other authors wrote the section titled 14…

Unique graduate student cohort will explore gender and agriculture

Dec 19, 2018

Faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are spearheading an initiative that will provide selected doctoral students with the opportunity for extensive study on gender and its relationship to agricultural production. "This student cohort will look at unexplored areas to yield…

Farmer Field School addresses food insecurity, gender inequality in Honduras

Aug 28, 2018

Studying for her dual-title doctoral degree in rural sociology and in international agriculture and development at Penn State, Paige Castellanos learned about the plight of families living in western Honduras, where many eke out a living in an economy marked by high poverty rates and subsistence…

SSRI assistant director participates in empowering women in Cambodia project

Jun 6, 2018

In a perfect world, everyone would have access to nutritious, affordable food. However, as Rick Bates knows, there is no such thing as utopia when it comes to food security, as millions of people around the world have limited food resources. One of those places is Cambodia in Southeast Asia, one of…

Weather patterns, farm income, other factors, may be influencing opioid crisis

Jan 23, 2018

The overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America, but economists say that other factors, including declining farm income, extreme weather and other natural disasters, may affect a crisis that is killing thousands of citizens…