ALEC’s international involvement primarily takes place in four areas: study abroad, leading capacity building and training programs, conducting international research, and partnering with governmental, private, and educational development organizations.
ALEC has been involved in university research and teaching capacity building at La Molina University in Peru, providing agricultural curriculum support to the Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology (JG-MUST) in South Sudan, Enhancing Agriculture Infrastructure for the Military of South Sudan, and developing high-value agricultural products in Guatemala with the Technology, Education and Commercialization (AGTEC) project. ALEC has partnered with the University of Namibia on the Namibian International Centre of Excellence (NICE) to increase incomes for small businesses and rural communities through new approaches to agricultural value chain education. ALEC faculty and students frequently partner with the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University. For more information on these projects can be found on the Borlaug Institute’s website.
ALEC’s faculty and students regularly conduct international agricultural research, publishing articles in the internationally themed Journal of International Agricultural Extension and Education, Journal of Extension Systems, and Energy Policy.
ALEC has partnered with governmental, private, and educational institutions ranging from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), La Universidad Nacional Agraria-La Molina, and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia.