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Posted on August 29, 2013 by gabriel3194
Visitors from World Hunger Relief and Salvadoran NGO ADES join a meeting with students and faculty of Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
By TAYLOR WHITTLESEY | The Borlaug Institute
COLLEGE STATION, TX – Piter Nataran, youth coordinator for the Association of Economic and Social Development (ADES), a Salvadoran NGO, traveled with Neil Rowe Miller, Director of Waco-based World Hunger Relief, and several interns from that program, on Aug. 21 to take in lectures on the agricultural development programs of Texas A&M University.
The group – in a Wednesday tour organized and coordinated by the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture’s Latin America Program Coordinator Ana Monzon – listened to talks covering the Borlaug Institute, global initiatives of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC); the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center; and Texas A&M’s Junior Master Gardener program. The goodwill visit was designed to provide insight on the organizations’ latest undertakings in international development.
Lisa Whittlesey (left) discusses Texas A&M’s Junior Master Gardener program with visitors at the Borlaug Institute mid-August 2013
Lisa Whittlesey, Program Coordinator of Texas A&M’s international Junior Master Gardener youth gardening and nutrition program, discussed JMG’s national and global youth objectives, which span the authoring of eight instructional texts now used across North America, Latin America and Asia.
Johanna Roman, former Program Coordinator of the Borlaug Institute’s AGTEC (Agriculture in Guatemala: Technology, Education, and Commercialization) program, touched on the process of implementing JMG’s teachings in-country during AGTEC, which closed early 2013.
“JMG is a great youth development program to conduct in rural settings of Latin America,” Roman said. “It teaches kids not only horticultural sciences, but leadership concepts too. The curricula are available in Spanish and the program allows the flexibility to utilize local training materials to complete practical sessions.”
In a later segment of the lecture, Taylor Whittlesey, a current student worker in the Borlaug Institute’s communication department, reviewed her summer experience abroad, teaching JMG’s nutrition-based curricula in the Dominican Republic.
“The nutritional component to JMG’s newest curricula is wonderful for Latin American and Caribbean countries, especially the Dominican, because the land is so fertile,” Whittlesey, 21, said. “Fruits and vegetables grow beautifully there, plus the schools want to teach more about what those plants do specifically for your body.”
Later, Dr. Gary Briers, a professor of the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, spoke with the campus visitors about faculty and student involvement in Latin America. Also representing ALEC in the discussion were Dr. James Lindner, Dr. Manuel Piña, Dr. Chanda Elbert and several students of the department.
“Dr. Briers brought in a lot of students in ALEC and faculty to exchange information about their experiences internationally,” Monzon said.
Horticulture Professor and Director of the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center, Dr. Bhimu Patil c losed the session with a discussion on research objectives of the center, which aims to produce innovative solutions to agricultural problems by working to developing new produce with improved nutrition and health benefits
“The Fruit and Vegetable Center was a learning experience for the interns, while international initiatives in the Borlaug Institute, ALEC and JMG served as applicable options for future opportunities Piter Nataran could bring to El Salvador and ADES , as well as other World Hunger Relief counterparts,” Monzon said.
Each of the lectures focused on how myriad disciplines work together toward an overarching goal of curtailing global poverty and hunger, a mission directly in line with the vision of the Borlaug Institute and it’s late namesake, famed agronomist Dr. Norman E. Borlaug.
“(Our visitors) were interested to look at how these departments and programs collaborate to promote a larger scope of world hunger efforts,” Monzon said.
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The past 6 weeks, we have had the privilege of hosting Halina Hopinks at our farm as a Live-in Volunteer. A recent graduate of Valparaiso University, Halina has spent her time at the farm participating in regular farm duties and writing curriculum for our afterschool garden clubs.
Here is a little bit more about Halina. We are grateful for her efforts here at the farm, and we wish her well in her future endeavors!
I graduated from Valparaiso University in May with a BS in biology, environmental science, and humanities. I have long had a passion for the environment, and I hope to make my career in the field of education.