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Fabiosa, FAPRI Co-Director, Awarded Fulbright Grant

Contacts:
Jacinto F. Fabiosa; jfabiosa@iastate.edu
Sandy Clarke; sclarke@iastate.edu

February 1, 2008

Jacinto F. Fabiosa, co-director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute in the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University, has been named a Fulbright Scholar to conduct research at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt.

Fabiosa will study the fundamental drivers of Egypt's emerging food consumption patterns from March through July of 2008.

"This award is timely and significant to FAPRI," says Fabiosa," as it will further strengthen the institute's capability in providing relevant market intelligence to U.S. policymakers and stakeholders, especially about countries for which this information is currently lacking."

Regions of North Africa and the Middle East are experiencing rising incomes, continuing population growth, and rapid urbanization, according to Fabiosa, but they have limited potential for expanding agricultural production. Thus, they have strengthened world agricultural markets recently by increasing their imports. Fabiosa's work will focus on trends in these import markets.

Fabiosa is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Scholar Program this year to fulfill the program's mission to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.