Extension service for Cuban farmers?
Greetings Ag-Exp members:
MESA, a non-profit international sust. agricultural training program,
requests your ideas, suggestions and leads for two Cuban applicants whom
we hope to sponsor for 6 -12 months of on-site live/work U.S. sustainable
agricultural training. This unprecedented program is a first time
collaboration between MESA, Food First and the Cuban Organic Farmers
Assn. The program is designed to train Cuban agriculturists in basic and
advanced organic ag. practices to further the advancement of sustainable
farming in Cuba. Specifically, we are hoping to find these two ag.
reseachers placements with Extension service personnel or higher level
Brief Biographical info:
1) Miguel Socorro is 50 years old and is currently Dept. Head of the Rice
Research Institute. He carries out rice culture experiments. He has a
family farming background and seeks any position that with further his
knowledge in organic and/or sustainable rice production and technology.
2) Tania Mulkay is 27 years old and an agronomist/engineer at the Citrus
Research Institute in Havana. She has training in disease control and
IPM. She seeks any position that will further her knowledge of organic
and/or sustainable Citrus production.
Both applicants have undergone extensive screening to receive approval to
join MESA's program. U.S. hosts must be able to provide housing, varied
training duties up to 48 hours/week, and send monthly program fees to
MESA. The fees enable MESA to provide exceptional trainee benefits,
including: stipends, health insurance, legal documentation, orientation,
educational seminar, domestic travel and coordinator support.
We have worked with an extesnion agent at WSU who hosted a Russian intern
last year and it was a great experience for all involved. Please contact
us ASAP if you can help!
Lauren E. Augusta, Executive Director
Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA)
5337 College Ave., Ste. 508, Oakland, CA 94618
Tel. 510-654-8858/ Fax. 510-845-0861