By Dr. M.A. Rahman
Post Doc Researcher, South Centers
Dr. Rafiq Islam, program leader for the Soil, Water, and Bioenergy Resources at The Ohio State University South Centers, was invited on behalf of the Kazakh National Agrarian University to participate in the 4th International AgTech Summit, held December 6 at the main campus of the Kazak National Agrarian University in Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan.
AgTech Summit covered a wide range of topics that related to the development of agricultural science, education, and business and brought leading scientists and experts together with representatives of business and government authorities from the Republic of Kazakhstan and other countries.
Dr. Islam’s applied research and Extension outreach interests aligned well with the objectives of the summit. He delivered a presentation titled 21st Century Climate Smart Agriculture in Relation to Kazakhstan at the plenary session of the opening day of summit. He also delivered another presentation titled Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, and Healthy People at the sustainable agriculture session.
This collaboration between The Ohio State University and Kazakh National Agrarian University was established via a research project (Strengthening U.S. and Kazakh Scientific Capacity through Joint-Institutional Agricultural Teaching, Research, and Outreach Development) by Islam and others, and funded by American Councils for International Education and U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan.