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2014 International Engagement Awards recipients recognized

Improving food security in Tanzania and filling the shelves of libraries around the world are two projects recognized for their impact internationally at the Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards on May 1. The Office of International Affairs presented both emerging and distinguished international awards to honor the projects that demonstrate outstanding promise for the future and those that have already had a long-term record of sustained impact.

Emerging International Engagement Award WinnerThis year’s Emerging International Engagement Award was presented to the project, “Food Security and Rural Development in Tanzania.” Led by Professor David Kraybill, The International Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI) is a five-year project funded by the United State Agency for International Development. The project's purpose is to increase the capacity of the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives in Tanzania to achieve food security and improve the livelihoods of rural inhabitants. The project will receive $1,000 to support the growth of its programming.

This year’s Distinguished International Engagement Award was presented to the project, “Ohio Books for the World.” Led by Herb Ockerman, this project has been going on for almost 50 years and involves internationally shipping approximately 36,000 books in a container twice a year. Ockerman frequents bookstores to collect the books and ship them to Ohio State alumni all over the world to place in their university libraries. The project will receive $3,000 to support its continued success.

For more information about the University Outreach and Engagement Awards, visit the Outreach and Engagement website.