March ~ May 2017
The IDRC (International Development Research Center – IDRC.ca) out of Ottawa, Canada sent me on a 29,000 mile trip to photograph eight of their projects. There was a different assignment in each country with various IDRC partners and projects. I came back home for 5 days between Africa and South America to swap passports, thus my 4th Continent on this trip.
The projects ranged in diversity, partnering with Universities and/or NGO’s, the common goal is to help the local people live better, eat healthier food, use better farming techniques, and take advantage of new science and technology, and to assist in promoting the role of women entrepreneurs.
In India they are using Nano Technology for the mango crops and scaling up millet production. The factory where they make the machine that de-stones, cleans, and separates the fruit is run by a father and son team. In Kenya they are eliminating the ‘middle man’ and creating financial sustainability for small farmers. In rural Tanzania they are using communication tools to help spread the word to the legume farmers about new technologies, improved farming techniques and fertilizers.
In Uganda, Yoba-for-Life and Heifer International partnered to help the small farmer produce probiotic yogurt, from milking the cow to distribution. On the Ivory Coast in Benin, the Micro-Veg Project teaches the small farmer about micro dosing and good irrigation practices in the arid Sub-Saharan region. They‘re working with the private sector, women-led cooperatives, and youth entrepreneurs.
What comes through in such a diverse assignment is to see how people in such different cultures go about every day life. How they live, work, cook, eat, and enjoy life. Everywhere I went, they loved what they were doing and were friendly, happy people.
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In the Nariño Region of Colombia, high in the Andes, they are working with indigenous communities to introduce high yielding and genetically resistant potato cultivars. A hearty variety is needed on the farms in the Nariño Region and Southeast of Bogota as they are all located above 10,000 feet where frost can devastate an entire crop.
In the Amazonian Basin of Northern Bolivia, they’re dealing with the small and independent wild fishing industry and around Santa Cruz it’s on the small farmed-fish industry. The goal is to provide family-based businesses with access to technical assistance, better hygiene, handling practices, financial services and a supportive legal framework.
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