Visit at the veterinary university, training & research center

Its a very warm welcome when we arrive and in the following two hours we learn a lot about the activities of the institute and the programmes they run with the farmers in the surroundings of Coimbatore. It’s a small team working here, but the impact and agile set up of the activities allows them…

Visit at kanthari, a training center for changemakers

Trivandrum, South India – that’s where kanthari is located. A real beautiful place, a place full of intense life and people who have one thing in common:  being “kantharis”, changemakers in the world.  kanthari is an accredited international institute that recognizes leadership in those individuals who come from and/or are positioned at the margins of…

When a cow is grown by sisters …

The story has been published yesterday on a local newspaper and the sisters proudly show me the article when I visit them.  “The story started two years back when I went for a meeting to a priest’s house who besides being a priest is taking care  of some cows, too. I really like cows and…

The Sugarcane children of Negros

  When we enter the classroom they are already  waiting. It’s Monday, a special and additional school day for the students who normally just come to school on Saturday. They are between 10 and 24 years old. They sit together, in one room. Some of them try to get the elementary school certificate, others are keen…

7weeks in India – Meeting the cashew nut maker

Cashew nuts are a popular snack – probably all over the world – and a healthy food source, full of energy, antioxidants and minerals. Have you ever seen where they grow and how the processing from the tree to the final nice eatable nut works? We visit a rural region in the surroundings of  Pondicherry,…

Twoandahalfweeks in India – a day at TNAU and the milky mushrooms

One of the things that will remain in my mind is the milky mushroom production we have seen during our stay at the Tamil Nadu Agriculture university (TNAU) in Coimbatore. The TNAU focuses on Agricultural Education and Research and supports the State Agricultural Department by delivering research products. When we arrived at the university our…