Office of University RElations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2015
SUSLA PROFESSOR SELECTED TO CREATE NEW POULTRY PROGRAM IN SENEGAL, AFRICA
Dr. Joseph Orban, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA) was selected to create curriculum and train staff on the development of a Practical Training Module on Poultry Production for the Horticultural Initiation Center of Saint Louis Senegal, located in Saint Louis, Senegal, Africa.
The project was a collaboration between SUSLA and Winrock International’s Volunteer Technical Assistance Program. Through this initiative, experts in various fields are encouraged to volunteer in developing countries. Dr. Orban was chosen from a group of other experts in the fields of science, technology and mathematics. During the 14-day project, Orban was charged with the establishment of a poultry production syllabus and curriculum and the creation of a poultry farm to be used to train and prepare students in the poultry sector after completion of the program. Dr. Orban also led training workshops for the new staff that will be running the poultry program.
The need for programs such as the one created by Orban is great in areas such as Senegal. Over 65 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and unemployment is at 60 percent. Many jobs remain unfilled due to the lack of a qualified workforce with sufficient technical skills. The establishment of the (9) nine month Practical Training Module for Poultry Production is set to enhance food security and safety, and provide jobs in the poultry sector.
Dr. Orban, who is originally from Nigeria, finds his work with developing countries to be very rewarding. “Anytime that I have the opportunity to go and assist, I feel like I have contributed back to the African community,” says Orban. He also notes that it allows him to be an ambassador for SUSLA. “SUSLA and the Southern University System have always been involved internationally. These opportunities allow me to showcase our campus and contributions to global economic development to the outside world,” says Orban.
The Senegal trip will mark Dr. Orban’s 8th development project. Other projects have included visits to Bangladesh, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Mali. Orban is also a (3) three time recipient of the President’s Service Award from Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama for his global contributions in developing countries.
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Krystle Beauchamp Grindley
Director of University Relations
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