ARS, Africa Trade Office and Prince George's County
Economic Development Officials Sign Research Agreement to Spur Job Growth,
June 14, 2010
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the
Africa Trade Office and the
Prince George's County Economic Development
Corp. (PGCEDC) have formed a partnership to promote research on
agricultural products in ways that bring jobs to Maryland, assist developing
nations in Africa and encourage international trade. ARS is the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's principal
intramural scientific research agency.
The agreement signed today by the ARS Beltsville (Maryland) Area director and the
PGCEDC on behalf of the Africa Trade Office is designed to stimulate economic
growth by identifying opportunities for Maryland businesses to capitalize on
ARS research that addresses Africa's agricultural challenges along with U.S.
"This agreement brings together the scientific expertise of ARS with
skills developed by Prince George's County for developing job growth to address
the needs of African nations as they develop and improve on the agricultural
products that are so essential to their economies," said Joseph Spence,
director of the ARS Beltsville Area.
Previous ARS cooperative agreements have created jobs and business
opportunities in Maryland and other states by identifying technologies that
improve on a variety of agricultural products and systems. The PGCEDC and the
Africa Trade Office have a track record of spurring job growth by helping to
initiate and expand business opportunities.
The agreement initially will focus on ongoing research, such as studies on
integrated pest management of insects that attack coffee beans, being conducted
by ARS researchers that may assist the countries of Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon,
Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Malawi and Ethiopia. Other countries
may be added in the future by mutual agreement.