SC State co-hosts International Agribusiness Conference in India

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


ORANGEBURG – South Carolina State University, in conjunction with Tennessee State University and the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, recently sponsored an international agribusiness conference in India.

The institutions sponsored the International Conference on Agribusiness and Food Industry in Developing Countries, in Lucknow, India, in August 2007. SC State was represented by Dr. Suresh R. Londhe, Dr. Haile Selassie and Dr. David Jamison. In addition, administrators from Purdue University and Texas A & M University also participated in the conference.

About 150 professionals from all across India participated in the Lucknow conference, including representatives from academic institutions, the private agribusiness sector and key government agencies. About 50 research papers were presented at the conference, including papers presented by international agribusiness researchers from Bangladesh, Germany, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Drs. Jamison, Selassie and Londhe presented a paper entitled “Leadership and Professional Development (LAPD) in Agribusiness Management Education.” The paper focused on the LAPD program at SC State, including the Executive Speaker Series.

The Executive Speaker Series was implemented in the core curriculum of SC State’s School of Business in 1996 as a component of LAPD Program, which all business majors are required to complete. The series exposes students to various aspects of the workplace, including viewpoints of leaders who are on the cutting edge of business, industry and government.

The conference was the first of its kind in India and is being hailed as a great success because of broad-based participation from academic institutions, major agribusiness firms and government agencies. There are six Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) that are considered as premier management education institutions in India. IIM-Lucknow recently introduced a post-graduate program in agribusiness and served as the local host for the conference.

The conference was facilitated through a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) international program grant awarded to Tennessee State University with a subcontract to SC State that focuses on internationalization of curriculum in agriculture and related disciplines. Dr. Londhe serves as the co-principal investigator for the subcontract. The international conference in India was part of the activities supported by the USDA grant.