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CDE Students Visit AKFC Mobile Global Development Exhibition

This week graduate students in Foundations of Capacity Building (CDE*6070) took the opportunity to visit the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) mobile global development exhibition entitled "TOGETHER" which was parked just outside the School. As a rapid "field trip" students examined the exhibit and its presentation on food security and sustainable rural development projects in Africa and Asia. The graduate students then participated in a collective learning exercise that identified and discussed knowledge sharing and learning tools used in the exhibit.

Invitation to Participate in Social Media Survey

As a valuable member of the agriculture, food, and rural development community we like like to invite you to participate in an online survey. The purpose of the survey is to investigate how social media is being used in the agriculture, food, and rural development context. The survey will take no more than 30 minutes to complete. If you choose to participate you will be contributing to an important area of research with practical implications.

Here is the link to participate in the survey,

Prof. Wayne Caldwell Named Interim Dean of OAC

Wayne Caldwell, Director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, has been named as Interim Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) effective November 1, 2015.

Major Gift Announcement Supports a Position in Regional Economic Development in SEDRD

Thanks to donations from the Libro Credit Union and OAC alumni George and Lorna Roberts and George and Geri Klosler a total of one million dollars has been raised in support of the Libro Professorship in Regional Economic Development for Southwestern Ontario. The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development looks forward to embarking upon a search to fill this position.

Sustaining Rural Communities Through Hazelnut Production

Rural communities are experiencing a drastic shift in their populations as more and more people choose to move to urban areas in search of employment. This shift presents significant challenges to the survival of those rural communities.  Without jobs and people, rural communities face challenges of survival with decreasing tax dollars, income generation for local businesses and enrolment in local schools.

Student Interns at United Nations

SEDRD student Faria Rashid, in the capacity development and extension program, successfully competed for one of four highly sought after Canadian student intern postings to the United Nations.

This summer Faria joined UNA-Canada's International Development & Diplomacy Internship Programme (IDDIP) as a Junior Professional Consultant. She is assigned to UNDP's Bangladesh's Poverty Reduction Cluster group.

Professionals in Their Field: Women Vegetable Farmers in Nepal

Seven years after receiving her undergraduate degree, Ashley Honsberger decided it was time to return to school. Her career focus on farm business management was missing the international development link she longed for. To reset her career path, she pursued a Master’s of Science in Capacity Development and Extension (CDE) at the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development.  Read her research story "Learning the Art of Adaptability"

SEDRD Conference: Exploring Our Potential

Graduate Students Hosted 2nd Annual SEDRD Conference

As a unique interdisciplinary department at the University of Guelph, the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) brings together rural studies, landscape architecture, planning, and capacity development to look at rural development from various angles. Last year, the SEDRD annual conference served as a forum for student researchers from the four above-mentioned programs to present research, foster connections, and exchange ideas. The success of last year’s conference was repeated and topped this year.

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