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Agribusiness

Nakuru County is part of the region that was previously referred to as the “white highlands” because it was home to many European large-scale farmers during the colonial period. There are still large-scale farms in the area, some of which are owned by Kenyans and others by ex-patriots. We visited a tea plantation with an…

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School Food – What can we learn from Kenya

Specialist schools dietitian Dave Rex from Highland Council gave a talk at our conference in Inverness on diets in Scotland and Kenya, which shows how dependent we have become in Scotland on processed and sugary food. See http://www.croftingconnections.com/attachments/Kenyan_connections_davere… In contrast, school meals in Kenya are based on locally grown produce. Many rural Kenyan schools have access to…

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Outdoor Learning and Learning Outdoors

“The only difference between learning inside and outside is walls.” Chief Samuel Sekeu, on his visit to Scotland in June 2015 The nursery class at Lomayan Primary School will be moving into a breeze-block building with a corrugated iron roof, but it will not be as cool as the shade of the tree, where pupils…

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The Visit to Kenya, 2015

“There are opportunities to share more skills and knowledge about living and working in remote rural areas. Growing food in school gardens in Olenguruone and Dunrossness is a great starting point for learning about local food production and for delivering Learning for Sustainability and Global Citizenship.” Gina Scanlan, teacher, Dunrossness Primary, Shetland Teacher exchanges are…

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Reflections from Samuel Muhunya

Experiences during exchange visit to Scotland May 29th to 11th June 2015 As a community leader and head of a local NGO my mind was trained aspects of activities in school and at community level that contribute to better understanding of responsible global citizenship; sustainable community development; food and nutrition; empowering education and natural resources…

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Introducting the Kenya Delagation

Amos Gachuki is the head teacher of Michinda Boarding Boys’ Primary school which is located in Elburgon Town, Molo District Nakuru County. The school population comprises is 550 students, 23 teachers. A number of leaders at national and regional level went through the school which also has a school garden with 70 members. Besides being…

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The Kenya & Crofting Connection Partnership

Crofting Connections has formed a partnership with NECOFA Kenya School Gardens Initiative, which works with rural schools and communities in the Eastern Rift Valley. It has very similar aims to Crofting Connections. This partnership echoes a wider global movement to raise the profile of local small-scale food production all over the world. Four Crofting Connections…

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Lakshmi – A Bernard Conyer Awardee

“I got to know of the Arkleton Trust in the year 1993. An advertisement announcing fellowships appeared in the magazine Economist. A friend saw the announcement in Hong Kong, sent a cutting of this through snail mail – reaching me many weeks later. Subsequently I applied for the Bernard Conyer’s fellowship and was awarded this…

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Bernard Conyers Award

During his life, Bernard Conyers saw a great lack of opportunity for less advantaged people to publish or disseminate their original work and on his death his daughter donated a sum of money to the Arkleton Trust to create a fund specifically to encourage the dissemination of information, findings or new ideas related to rural…

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David Moore Award

This fund was established, with contributions from family, friends and colleagues, in memory of the late David Moore. With proceeds from the fund’s investments, an award is made to a young person engaged in the study of rural development and social change in Europe and/or the Third World. The award is intended to enable the…

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