|Traffic and dust in Accra|
|He looks so tall here!|
|Larry, with the Queen of the Yam Market|
|Research being done in Ghana on various types of compost pellets.|
As for my work, we recently had two guests here from Alsum Farms and Produce in Wisconsin: Larry Alsum (Owner and CEO) and Derrick Smit (Human Resources/Staff trainer). [If you would like to know more about this business, link to their brief video on YouTube. I'm always amazed at the technology in the US and this business is another great example!] While they were here, they studied the value chain, from "field to fork", visiting with farmers, food processors/packers, informal markets, and formal markets. They then gave a presentation to about fifty farmers and Ministry of Agriculture officials as to the challenges and opportunities of food packaging, production, and distribution. It was a great time of networking and idea sharing. Ghanaian farmers are eager and ready to take their farms to the next level, and we will be exploring opportunities to develop a community supported agriculture approach in the next few months. After spending a week in Ghana, Larry and Derrick spent a week with LEAD in Liberia, meeting with farmers there and spending time on the research farm.
On Wednesday, I will be heading to Liberia for about ten days to do an intensive training with the LEAD staff. James Nowell, Chairman of the North American partner for LEAD in Grand Rapids, will be joining me from Kalamazoo, MI. He will be working with me on some office audits, leading several sessions on Business as a Mission with LEAD staff, networking with the LEAD Liberia board members, and visiting the research farm. James was last in Liberia in 2010 - the picture to the right is James and Betty Shannon, Board member for LEAD Liberia.