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February already – time for poultry food stories and exploring more of the communication problems of collaboration between “bandwidth rich” and “bandwidth challenged”.
At first when you suggested February for my team I was very happy, because I was planning to be in the UK at the start of February, and then in Nigeria for the middle and end of the month. However, life seldom goes according to plan, and British Airways could not grant my courtesy flight for the dates I hoped, so my trip has been postponed for four weeks.
In preparation for the trip (and relating to other interests linked with learning from each other, ICT, and opportunities for education and training) I have been working hard developing resources and exploring information flows at Cawdnet Campus. This is to serve the needs of various people - especially those I will be working with on the Teachers Talking programme. These are people who I hope will become increasingly involved in an ongoing exchange of information (between "bandwidth rich" and "bandwidth challenged") on various themes, through the Internet.
As I think you know Cawdnet is what I call my network. It is a community of interest (or perhaps it is more accurate to say it is a number of overlapping communities of interest,which I am nurturing) It includes the people that I hope will be the MyFoodStory team. The emphasis of Cawdnet repeatedly shifts and Cawdnet Campus is becoming its "virtual home".
As I work to develop Cawdnet Campus I am getting to be more aware of what is happening in what I do. Sometimes the focus is on particular content, sometimes, on the technology aspects of communication, sometimes on human networks in Nigeria, sometimes on human networks in the “connected community”, sometimes on “culture gaps” issues between the different communities, sometimes on simple problems of insufficient resources – time, people, skills, money, local equipment, infrastructure, power supplies, etc. I think you understand because we are working in very similar ways - and trying to see how our work can come together. I find that as I work on one bit all the other bits kind of shift in their relationship to each other. For people who only see a part of what is going on it can seem very slow but, with an overview it is possible to see how the different elements are getting clearer, closer and stronger.
Regards MyFoodStory and poultry Lorraine is kindly making a start (here on the bandwidth rich side) with some poultry farming research on the Internet. I am planning to work with “Cawdnetters” in SW Nigeria and North Central. During my trip I will be with people who will be the local MyFoodStory team leaders. I will do preparatory work at a distance, but it will be easier to move things on faster when I am there. Our Internet link with North Central (Fantsuam Foundation) is good – they are bandwidth challenged. The people in the SW (Ago-Are Information Centre) are “bandwidth poor” now. Communication there is very difficult at present – the Internet connections both in Ago-Are and at the cyber café in nearby town of Sake, have been out of order for many, many weeks (I think it must be running into several months now). At least we have phones now between UK and Ago-Are - although not with the case of use we take for granted at home. I won't detail those problems here, but they are an important part of the picture.
You may remember my plan to use some of the MyFoodStory money to improve communication, perhaps including a camera phone, for Pastor David (who will be the Ago-Are team leader). After discussion with other people involved it was decided to get an “ordinary” phone (just voice and text) and buy a camera separately. Pastor David (who will be the Ago-Are team leader) has the phone now. We were texting each other late last night about the new dates for my visit, and various related changes in programme..
One of the first poultry farm stories I want Pastor David to collect is the story of Mr Timothy Oyawale who buys day old chicks and rears them in his house. Someone told me that Mr Timothy was trained as a poultry farmer while he was still in military service, but I am not sure if that is correct. He has a large farm “in the bush” and grows many crops including maize, tobacco, yams and water melons. He has various trees too. Last time I was in Ago-Are Mr Timothy and I went together to visit "our" mango trees. He gave me one to plant several years ago when I visited the farm, and he planted one nearby. They are big trees now and they should bear their first fruits in April of this year.
On our way to the farm some “wild poultry” ran across the track in front of our motor cycle, and Mr Timothy told me that people catch them to eat. I think he catches hares too. He also told me that many years ago his family used to be troubled by elephants spoiling the crops. He said there are no elephants now because people got European guns (instead of the local guns) and so they were able to protect their crops better by getting rid of the elephants. Even the local game park doesn’t have elephants any more.
I wonder if we have to limit our farming stories to poultry, or if you are interested in other local crops. Given the way that the food stories are widening out (regarding the variety of food stuffs described) and given the interest in food supply chains and locally produced foods I wonder if we should be looking not just at poultry but at the many other foodstuffs that are also consumed and produced locally around Ago-Are and around Fantsuam.
There is a lot of interesting information around regarding food and I want to direct people to what is most relevant to your current interests. Can we catch up on how your ideas have developed since we last discussed MyFoodStory and how my team might best contribute.
JosephatNdibalema: Mendenyo April 11, 2007 But despite of the challenges that we are facing we now doing to organise our team which is aware of the existing situation in our country, especially in rural areas where the majority dwells.On the time being we have planned projects like Poultry farming this project has't started since we still on survey looking for a suitable location for the project