International Initiatives

Judy McLean in RwandaNumerous faculty members in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems extend the scope of their leading edge research findings to work with global communities and international organizations. Here are just a few examples of international initiatives and interdisciplinary memorandums signed with partner institutions.

Faculty member Examples of Global Contributions:

Rick Barichello: Poland, Vietnam, Indonesia
Dr. Barichello works on institutional economic issues with government agencies throughout the world focusing on topics of regulation and trade policy, international commodity, agreements, and international food policy.

David Fraser: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
Dr. Fraser works with many organizations to find practical ways to improve the lives of animals. He serves on animal welfare advisory boards for many organizations including the Burger King Corporation (Miami), the Food Marketing Institute and National Council of Chain Restaurants (Washington), the World Organization for Animal Health (Paris), and within Canada on the Board of Trustees of the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada and the Animal Welfare Committee of the Vancouver Foundation. In 2004-2005 he served as Visiting Expert on animal welfare at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.

Tim Green: Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Oman
Tim has extensive international research experience as he has designed and implemented large population studies evaluating micronutrient status, particularly folate and vitamin D, in women of reproductive age in several countries.  He has ongoing work in Malaysia and is also working on evaluating vitamin A and iron status among women and children in Cambodia in a controlled intervention study with Judy McLean.  Tim has also worked with numerous international organizations, the WHO, and NGOs.

Murray Isman: South East Asia 
Collaborating with university and industrial partners, Dr. Isman has investigated the development of botanical insecticides derived from the neem tree (Azadirachta indica), from medicinal plants and timber species of southeast Asia and Central America, and from tall oil, a byproduct of the pulp and paper industry.

Judy Mclean: Cambodia, Rwanda, Kenya, India, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Uganda
Judy is working on multiple international projects with the WHO, governments and NGOs on the assessment of  food insecurity and malnutrition, and the development and implementation of cost-effective, evidence based means of addressing malnutrition among young children and reproductive-age women, and improving pregnancy outcomes.  Judy and Tim also act as consultants to the WHO on the development of nutrition education programs and program monitoring and evaluation.

Judy Mclean and Tim Green and the project coordinators for the Food and Nutrition Security Initiative within Food, Nutrition and Health which currently provides international service learning and research opportunities for students. This initiative will ultimately lead to the development of a stream in International Nutrition giving more students opportunities to work internationally.

Alejandro Rojas: Chile
Co-Investigator. “Institutional Adaptations to Climate Change-Comparative Study of Dryland River Basin in Canada and Chile”. SSHRCC Mayor Collaborative Research initiative. The project Principal Investigator is Dr. Harry Diaz from the University of Regina , and there are 15 other co-investigators from Canada and Chile.

Mahesh Upadhyaya: Punjab Agricultural University (PAU)
Associate Dean Mahesh Upadhyaya recently signed an agreement on behalf of the Faculty with India’s Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) that will create increased opportunities for faculty and student exchanges between the two universities.

“PAU students can enroll in courses and research programs at UBC for up to one year, receiving credit towards their degree program at PAU,” said Mahesh. “Similarly UBC students can take courses at PAU and receive credit at UBC.” An endowment fund (India Fund) is being set up to support the exchange of students and faculty in areas related to the culture, society, agriculture, aquaculture, food, nutrition, health, landscape and environment of India and Canada.