[Sust-mar] NOVA SCOTIA - MALAWI INITIATIVE - WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MALAWI?
A.Singh at agrapoint.ca
Thu Jun 21 09:07:14 EDT 2007
I am writing you today to update you on current activities in the Nova Scotia Malawi Initiative, and to solicit your help regarding the visit of two farmers from Malawi this summer.
NOVA SCOTIA - MALAWI INITIATIVE - WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MALAWI?
As you may already know, there are currently five student interns from Acadia University and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College placed throughout Malawi with the Catholic Development Commission (CADECOM) and the Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM). These students will be in Malawi for 10 weeks supporting projects in organic farming and environmental resource management. Further enhancing the collaboration, these students are working with agricultural students from the University of Malawi.
In July, Acadia University and LEAD Canada will be co-financing the participation of Professor Linda Lusby for a three-week mission to Malawi. Professor Lusby will be doing workshops with both CADECOM and FUM members on sustainable planning approaches.
NOVA SCOTIA INITIATIVE - HOW CAN WE GET INVOLVED?
In August, two Malawians - an agricultural technician (woman) from CADECOM and a fruit farmer (man) from FUM will be coming to Nova Scotia for 2 months. The purpose of the visit is for the farmers to learn from the agricultural community in Nova Scotia. They have a variety of interests ranging from cooperative development to food processing; the economic empowerment of women to organic farming; agro-business to advocacy work. This list is not exhaustive. To respond to their needs, diversity is key!
We are looking for your assistance in hosting the two farmers during their stay in Nova Scotia. We need to identify placements (farms, businesses, institutions, etc.) that will provide learning opportunities for our Malawi partners. These placements can be up to two weeks in length and could include working on a farm, supporting projects in an organization or attending workshops. All suggestions are welcome!
Upon their return to Malawi, the two farmers will share their experience with the agricultural community, benefiting smallholder farmers and farmer associations. Uniterra wishes to continue to provide opportunities for people from partner organizations in Nova Scotia to volunteer in Malawi with CADECOM and FUM.
This is an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and culture. The experience of the two Malawi farmers will be successful with your help! Please let me know by July 9, 2007 if you or your organization is interested in getting involved and planting the seeds for exchange!
Senior Programme Officer / Chargée de programme Uniterra Programme / Programme Uniterra WUSC/EUMC
1404 Scott Road
Ottawa (Ontario) K1Y 4M8
Environmental Sciences Student
Nova Scotia Agricultural College
Ph: (902) 886-2616
Av Singh, Ph.D., P.Ag.
Organic & Rural Infrastructure Specialist
199 Innovation Drive
Truro NS B2N 6Z4
cell phone: 902-890-5899
email: a.singh at agrapoint.ca <blocked::mailto:a.singh at agrapoint.ca>
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