Mr. Chongthu Chawnghnuna, a water supply engineer from Mizoram, spent four months at the University of Minnesota in 2011. His concern for food security and water quality in Mizoram led Dr. Eckman to propose a research project to find ways to improve agricultural methods.
Aizawl, India, the capital of the northeastern state of Mizoram. Dr. Karlyn Eckman plans to use her Global One Health Fund grant to conduct exploratory research on improving agricultural practices in Mizoram.
Map of the state of Mizoram, India. The region is in northeastern India and borders Myanmar.
Two Mizo women at home. Although Mizoram is located in India, it shares more cultural ties with Myanmar.
A woman extracts water from a stream to for cooking. Soil erosion in Mizoram has led to poor water quality in the region.
A Mizo woman washes clothes with unclean water in a polluted enclave.
A Mizo woman transports water to her home.
Soil erosion and deforestation have led to soil infertility and low agricultural production in Mizoram.
Rampant deforestation is an unsound agricultural practice that leads to poor water quality and food insecurity, according to Dr. Eckman.
The University of Mizoram, established in 2002. Dr. Eckman hopes that exchange opportunities will be set up between students at the University of Mizoram and and students from the University of Minnesota.
The One Health Project Team: Dr. Joe Magner, Dean Current, Dr. Karlyn Eckman, and Michele Schermann