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Trip documented online
WSU students, faculty headed to Rwanda
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
By Kathy Barnard, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences
PULLMAN, Wash. – When five Washington State University students travel to a small village in central Rwanda this week, they’ll be documenting every step in their journey on a special website.
Pictures, stories and videos will be posted at http://storify.com/cahnrsglobal/rwanda-agriculture-internship as part of the students’ experience.
The trip is the first of its kind for the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), and is a pilot for what officials hope will become an annual offering.
Professor Kim Kidwell, executive associate dean of CAHNRS, and Colleen Taugher, project associate in the WSU Research and International Agricultural Development Office, will lead the project. For two weeks at the beginning of June, the group will work in the village of Gashora with community members as well as three students from the Rwandan Higher Institute of Agricultural and Animal Husbandry.
The students are:
Charles "Eric” Christianson of Burlington, Wash.
Taya Brown of Seattle
Dustin Tombleson of Bend, Ore.
Victoria Marsh of Carbonado, Wash.
Rowan Ringer of Selah, Wash.
The WSU group will tackle four different projects. They will work with the cooperative to:
Help build composting toilets to address health and sanitation in the village.
Develop and implement a system for drying fruits and vegetables grown in the area to minimize food loss.
Help to build demonstration mushroom houses. Mushrooms are a popular vegetable in the region and provide a highly nutritional crop in a small amount of space.
Implement a general composting system to help improve soil quality in surrounding gardens and farms. Currently, farmers use no soil inputs.
Kim Kidwell, professor and executive associate dean, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, 509-335-4562, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Colleen Taugher, project associate, International Research and Agricultural Development, 509-335-2861, email@example.com;
Kathy Barnard, director of communications, WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, 509-335-2806, firstname.lastname@example.org.