African farmers arrive for summer studies
The Marshal Papworth Fund has welcomed 13 students from across the African continent to the UK to complete the Marshal Papworth 10-Week Short Course in agriculture at Shuttleworth College.
The students all work in-country for charities Self purchase Help Africa and Farm Africa or West Africa Farms, Senegal, and their roles range from agricultural technician to crops officer and from project officer to project coordinator. For many this is their first trip away from home and their first visit to the UK.
Clare Omal, a Project Officer from Uganda, works with small holder farmers to identify and adopt sustainable farming approaches. When asked what she wants to gain from the course Clare said: “I hope to acquire the training and skills that will support my work, enabling me to empower farmers to spearhead their own development in an environmentally stable way.
“I am eager to learn modern farming techniques which I can take back to my local community and use to work towards solving food insecurity and improving livelihoods.”
Earlier this year the Marshal Papworth Fund teamed up with Farm Africa and Self Help Africa to create a tailored course for demonstration farmers. The partnership provides an opportunity for Farm Africa and Self Help Africa to put forward individuals they work with for the Marshal Papworth Fund scholarships, helping to streamline the application process and ensure chosen candidates pass on knowledge for the benefit of their countrymen.
James Parrish, Chairman of the Marshal Papworth Fund, commented: “It is always exciting to welcome new students; this year we have had the largest intake of students ever. We have worked closely with Farm Africa and Self Help Africa to tailor a course which includes modules that address major issues concerning rural farmers in Africa. Hearing the students speak about how their country and community will benefit from the course reinforces the amazing work that we as a Fund achieve.”
The Marshal Papworth Fund is wholly managed by the East of England Agricultural Society and has already helped improve the lives of over one hundred students from developing countries through its Masters Programme of one year MSc and MA courses. In order to continue this work and give more students the opportunity to benefit from the scheme, the Fund relies on donations. To find out more and to make a donation contact Sandra Lauridsen on 01733 363514 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.