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College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Our Mission

The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources creates and delivers knowledge that supports and strengthens families, agricultural and food systems, and the natural environment. We educate and serve the people of Hawai‘i and those from around the world with integrity and excellence.

Introduction

Founded 108 years ago, CTAHR is the first and oldest college of the University of Hawai‛i system esnd_tablished to support the public good. We are leading the way in providing new solutions to the grand challenges that today face our islands and fragile planet including food security, environmental sustainability and community health and resiliency.

The College has six departments and offers nine bachelor’s degrees, nine master’s degrees and six doctoral degree programs. Studies are offered in areas ranging from Human Nutrition, Environmental Protection, Molecular Biosciences, and Tropical Plant and Animal Production to Family and Consumer Sciences. Our faculty and staff are passionate about their teaching, research, and extension missions that touch the lives of so many here in Hawai‛i, our nation and the world.

Contributions to the State of Hawai‛i

Examples of CTAHR contributions in 2014 are:

  • Graduating 120 students in critical STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
     
  • Growing enrollment faster than at peer colleges with more than 50% growth over 4 years in CTAHR
     
  • Interacting personally with 188,000 people (515 per day) outside the formal academic classroom through
     
  • Exposing more than 700 students and teachers to the latest advancements at the annual Ag and Environmental
     
  • Developing new farmers with the highly successful and acclaimed GoFarm Hawai‛i
     
  • Training Dietetics students who successfully outperform their peers by winning internship placements required to
  • Graduating 120 students in critical STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
     
  • Growing enrollment faster than at peer colleges with more than 50% growth over 4 years in CTAHR
     
  • Interacting personally with 188,000 people (515 per day) outside the formal academic classroom through
     
  • Exposing more than 700 students and teachers to the latest advancements at the annual Ag and Environmental
     
  • Developing new farmers with the highly successful and acclaimed GoFarm Hawai‛i
     
  • Training Dietetics students who successfully outperform their peers by winning internship placements required to

Help Grow Our Future

To provide an excellent education for our students, and to foster a diverse and thriving economy, a healthy environment, and successful families and communities for Hawai‛i. There are many critical ways that private funding can supplement state funds to support the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty positions, and investment in exciting programs that yield amazing results.

Funding Priorities

STEM Education and Outreach for Hawai῾i’s Keiki and Citizens

Gene-ius Program Coordinator:
To allow for expansion of this innovative and extremely popular CTAHR educational program in “future science” beyond grades 1- 6 and into Intermediate and High Schools. This program excites students about STEM fields which are discipline areas that are in high demand and necessary to meet the challenges facing the global community. 2-year commitment at $65,000 (salary) + $30,000 (fringe benefits) = $95,000 per year.

Videographer:
To contribute to distance education and extension/outreach programs. Today people learn more through short videos, therefore, this position will allow us to develop educational materials for a variety of audiences and have greater reach and efficacy. $40,000 (salary) + $18,000 (fringe benefits) = $58,000 per year.

Sustainable Hawai῾i

Endowed Professorship in Sustainable Agriculture:
To lead our research and educational programs in sustainable and organic agriculture. This person will facilitate a group of faculty to advance sustainable agricultural methodologies for Hawai‛i, develop a CTAHR certificate in organic agriculture, guide the Student Organic Farm Training (SOFT) program, and steward the university-wide sustainability curricula. This person will be an integral member of a UH Sustainability Institute with a focus on sustainable food systems.

Endowed Professorship in Tropical Crop Genomics:
To lead a cluster of hires in the college in tropical food and ornamental crop genomics research, using cutting-edge technology to understand the genetic make-up of these important plants for Hawai‛i’s future so that conventional breeding will be more efficient, leading us into a new era of plant improvement necessary to meet the challenges of climate change and food security.

Food Safety Training Extension Educator:
To lead the training of new and small farmers to meet food safety standards and meet market demand so that they will be viable producers for Hawai‛i. 2-year commitment at $75,000 (salary) + $34,000 (fringe benefits) = $109,000 per year.

Student Organic Farm Training (SOFT) Coordinator:
To assist the students in SOFT to manage the day-to-day needs of the program and expand their reach university-wide. Annual contribution of $40,000 (salary) + $18,000 (fringe benefits) = $58,000 per year.

Hawai῾i’s Communities and Cultures

Special Director for Community Partnerships:
To be a direct connector between extension agents, extension specialists and the communities they serve allowing for better communication and identification of collaborative projects and funding opportunities that directly impact local communities. 2-year commitment at $75,000 (salary) + $34,000 (fringe benefits) = $109,000 per year.

Children’s Healthy Living Program:
Contributions will strengthen our excellent work to improve nutrition & physical activity of underserved children in Hawai῾i and across the Pacific. This program was initiated by a five-year, $25 million grant. It has made amazing progress and has resulted in substantial impacts that need to be sustained in the various local communities it has served.

Learn more about CTAHR, its people and programs. Additional information is also provided in CTAHR’s annual report, CTAHR IN FOCUS  and in our quarterly Impact Reports.

Support The Journey

Together, we can move Hawai‘i and its people toward a remarkable future.
Together, we can Journey Beyond

For information on supporting The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, please contact:

Lori Admiral
Associate Vice President for Development, UH Mānoa
(808) 956-5747 • lori.admiral@uhfoundation.org