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Extension Agronomist Shares Skills with Ethiopian Farmers

Kandel demonstrating how to use plants grown in pots for educational purposes
 
Kandel demonstrating how to use plants grown in pots for educational purposes
Dr. Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension Agronomist, traveled to Ethiopia to share his technical skills and expertise with local farmers. He worked with over 275 participants during three hour training sessions in each village and also trained 17 development workers during a two-day training.

NDSU Extension Agronomist Travels to Ethiopia to Share Skills with Local Farmers

Farmer to Farmer program promotes economic growth and agricultural development in East Africa

Fargo, ND - June 26, 2014

Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension Agronomist, traveled to Ethiopia from June 1 through June 18 to share his technical skills and expertise with local farmers. Kandel’s assignment was part of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Farmer-to-Farmer (FTF) program that promotes economic growth, food security, and agricultural development in East Africa. Kandel represented the NDSU Plant Sciences Department and the NDSU Extension Service during his teaching assignment.

“Farmers were very receptive to my agronomy training,” said Kandel.  

Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the five-year program matches the technical assistance of U.S. farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives, and universities to help farmers in developing countries improve agricultural productivity, access new markets, and increase their incomes.

In Ethiopia, Kandel worked with nine farmer groups, with over 275 participants during three hour training sessions in each village. He also trained 17 development workers during a two-day training.

“I found dry beans that looked dark green and had beautiful nodulation, however, I also saw many beans that were yellow and did have nodules on the roots,” said Kandel.” Inoculation of the beans would be a simple solution to increase the productivity of the beans,” he explained.

Kandel’s assignment was one of nearly 500 assignments that focus on agriculture, food security and nutrition in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. This is the first time CRS has been involved in the 28-year-old Farmer-to-Farmer program funded by the U.S. government.

The U.S. experts will travel to East Africa for anywhere from one to six weeks, their expenses covered by USAID.

“One thing we are certain of is that this program will be beneficial not just to the farmers in East Africa, but also to the experts from America,” said Bruce White, CRS’ director for the program.

Source: Catholic Relief Services and Hans Kandel
Contact Hans Kandel at 701-231-8135 or hans.kandel@ndsu.edu

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