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VFRC Appoints new members to the Board of Advisors

January 1, 2014 – Washington, D.C., USA – The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC) has appointed five new members to its Board of Advisors. The 12-member board represents leaders from a wide range of fields necessary for sustainable agricultural development, including the fertilizer and seed industry, agricultural development, research and education, health and nutrition, soil science, water conservation and policy.

The new advisors include: Satish Chander, director general of The Fertiliser Association of India (FAI); Dr. Frank A. Franklin, professor emeritus of public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB); Dr. Andrew Levin, scaling team leader for the Office of Agricultural Resources and Policy, Bureau for Food Security, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); Dr. Cheng-i Wei, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland and director of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station and University of Maryland Extension; and Dr. Fu-Suo Zhang, plant nutritionist and dean of the College of Resources and Environmental Sciences at China Agricultural University.

Click here to read a complete list of the VFRC Board of Advisors and their bios.

The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC) was created in 2010, as a semi-autonomous unit of IFDC, to fast-track the development of a new generation of rapidly deployable technologies that will enable responsible and sustainable food security, particularly in the world’s developing regions. The Center is collaborating with a global network of partners to conduct coordinated research under a unified technology agenda. Working with its partner network in a virtual setting, the science-based, global Center is creating the environment and platform that will allow rapid and affordable technology dissemination into the world market.