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Cornell, Puerto Rican students to connect for food security innovation

Papaya and plantains grow near a wind turbine in a southern Puerto Rico farm.

A new joint project between Cornell and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) will teach students about sustainable agriculture and natural resource management on the island.

The project – Student Internships and Faculty Training in Sustainable Management of Agricultural Systems (SuMAS) – links Puerto Rican students and faculty experts from Cornell and UPRM for curriculum development and engaged learning opportunities. The new course and internships will explore technical policies and practices for meeting food, feed, fiber and energy production goals while reducing environmental degradation by 2050.