USask’s Global Institute for Food Security opens office in Bangladesh

The University of Saskatchewan has announced a new international office in Bangladesh for food research.

The Universities Global Institute for Food Security office will support research and training with the Bangladesh ministry of Agriculture research council.

The agreement is designed to promote sustainable food security in the Asian country, reducing hunger and empowering women.

Saskatchewan is leading agri-food exporter and Bangladesh is one of the province’s top 10 markets, with exports last year valued at 613 million dollars.

The Saskatchewan effort will be led by Dr. Andrew Sharpe who has expertise in crop genetics.

His research accomplishments include helping to sequence the wheat, canola, barley and black mustard genomes.

Efforts will be made improve crop breeding, advanced soil health, improve soil water retention and improve post-harvest food handling and processing.

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