The TropSoils Indonesia project conducted by the University of Hawaii at Manoa during the 1980s, was a soil management project in Sumatra, Indonesia, funded by the US Agency for International Development. Project partners were North Carolina State University and the Indonesian Center for Soils Research. The project developed sustainable agricultural practices for limited resource farmers on acidic and infertile soils in the region of Sitiung, West Sumatra. TropSoils Indonesia was an early interdisciplinary project involving social and biological/agricultural scientists using a Farming Systems Research and Development approach. Numerous Indonesian and US faculty and students conducted research under this project, including many who are now senior faculty in their institutions.
Professor Ardi, the Dean of the Agricultural Faculty at Andalas University in West Sumatra, Indonesia, who was a graduate student at the University of Hawaii during this project, will return to Hawaii as part of a delegation from West Sumatra and has offered to present a seminar on the TropSoils project. He will discuss the impacts of the project and provide an update on how the Sitiung project site has changed over the past 30 years. Oilpalm and rubber plantations have proliferated and overall the economic level of local residents has improved. Professor Ardi would like through this visit to encourage further collaboration between Hawaii and West Sumatra. Please join us for this unique seminar opportunity.
About the Speaker
Dr. Ardi, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Andalas University, West Sumatra, Indonesia.
Ardi, Professor of Agronomy/Weed Science, Faculty of Agriculture Andalas University, Padang, Indonesia. Education: Faculty of Agriculture Andalas University (1974-1979); Department of Agronomy and Soil science UHM (1983-1986) under the supervision Dr J.A. Silva and Dr. Roy K. Nishimoto; Tokyo Univ of Agriculture (1993-1996).
Work experiences: Lecturer Faculty of Agriculture Andalas University (1980-present)
Visiting Scholar, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (1992-1993)
Visiting Professor, University of Washington, Seattle (2012)
Dean Faculty of Agriculture Andalas University (2008 -2017).