Project 2050

“The World may not be able to feed itself by 2050 if it doesn’t increase food productivity”

– 2014 Global Harvest Initiative report

What is Project 2050?

The current world population of 7.2 billion is projected to increase by 1 billion over the next 12 years and reach 9.6 billion by 2050. Project 2050 is an initiative to meet and combat the issues that may arise from an overly populated planet and these issues may include food shortage and mass food production and re-fertilization of land among others.

 

How CAHS is helping?

Our faculty members are finding new and creative ways to develop educated, productive citizens. Our researchers are actively engaged in relevant research that includes but not limited to: increasing the shelf life of dairy products, protecting fruits against sun rays, advancing knowledge in the use of medicinal plants to improve health, removing allergens from peanuts, securing water resources, and developing strategies to enhance watershed functions in a sustainable way. Our extension specialists and agents are

Our Strategic Plan

Water Resource Management

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Good irrigation management is vital for optimum crop production and minimum nutrient losses that might contaminate water resources. The aim of this research is to optimize the water and nutrient management of some vegetable crops that are grown in the southeast Texas region.

The Reproductive Physiology

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Research holding the key to the discovery of new methods for predicting fertility-related traits. The goal is to develop low-cost tests that will allow the screening of males for favorable fertility potential. As a result, producers benefit from increased efficiency in production of their livestock.

Texas Sustainable Strawberry Production

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Research, funded by Wal-mart, was conducted on ways to increase the production of strawberries, a highly valued commodity, in Texas. One of the primary objectives of the project was to uncover some of the common problems a producer is likely to experience growing produce in a given region of the state.

OUTCOME
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IMPACT

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From 2004 to date, the Community Economic Development Program (CED) in Extension has reached 25,000 rural residents concerning small business opportunities, where 800 new jobs were created and over $30 million in revenue. In addition, the CED Program continues to assist in the areas of climate change and reducing green house effects through home energy audit initiatives.

The PVAMU 4-H Youth Development Program (4-H) since 2012 has reached more than 181,000 youth through educational programs and activities focused on increasing Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Mathematics (STEAM) awareness, civic participation, and healthy living habits.

The PVAMU Family and Consumer Sciences Program (FCS) along with the 4-H Program have created a core of 622 youth ambassadors who helped reach more than 35,000 other youth and family members. Of the 35,000 participants, 77% (29,950) shared in their evaluation that there were improvements in their nutritional health decisions.

In 2014, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program (AGNR) conducted workshops and assisted 54 small and limited-resource Texas farmers and ranchers to submit applications for loans totaling up to $7.8 million and to date $4.9 million have been approved.