Ray Henry of the Associated Press brings this news, which appears to be a win for both Georgia’s farmers and the University of Georgia. Gabon has plenty of revenue from oil, but needs some help in the agricultural sector.
“Gabon wants to diversity its economy. We are trying to make sure the country does not rely solely on oil revenues,” said Michael Moussa-Adamo, Gabon’s ambassador to the United States. “Unfortunately, with the oil curse — we say the oil curse — people are moved away from agriculture.”
Under an agreement with Gabon, experts from the University of Georgia will create an agricultural curriculum that starts with students in farming-focused high schools and extends through technical college, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said. Georgia had the 16th-highest revenue for crops in 2011, according to federal statistics, and is the biggest U.S. producer of broiler chickens, an industry that Gabon wants to develop.
Gabonese officials also want to create an agricultural research center that focuses on practical issues, much as UGA’s extension service develops new crops suited to Georgia and devises methods to prevent crop and livestock disease.
Trade. The act by giving something to get something where both parties are better off. And with Gabon? The world gets a bit smaller every day.