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Strengthening University of California-Mexico Ties to Further Research on Agricultural Topics

Left to right: Dr. Isabel Studer, Director of Alianza UCMX, CDFA Secretary Karen Ross, Liliana Ferrer, Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento.

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross met recently with Dr. Isabel Studer, Director of Alianza University of California-Mexico, and Liliana Ferrer, Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento, to discuss cooperation on agricultural and climate related research topics, centered on the ongoing activities already taking place between the UC and researchers from Mexico and California.

Based at UC Riverside, Alianza UCMX was formed in 2019 and fosters strategic alliances between the UC system and counterparts in Mexico, including government, academia, and industry sectors. 

Dr. Studer has been engaging in meetings with California state officials, business leaders, and the UC academic community in looking ahead to the year 2030 in terms of the binational relationship between California and Mexico, including the agricultural sector.

“California is leading in all these areas of sustainability and climate change, and there are many opportunities in continuing to work and partner together on topics such as biodiversity, wildfires, adaptation to climate change, and the increase of temperatures,” said Dr. Studer.

Consul General Ferrer took a special moment to thank Secretary Ross for recognizing the importance of the agricultural workforce community, particularly during the ongoing pandemic.

“It’s important for me and our department to recognize the people that plant, harvest, and bring our food to consumers,” said Secretary Ross.

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