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We have discovered the cheapest, and most cost effective lunch in Blantyre.  We are always left with leftovers after dinner, and although we are in a country where hunger is a pervasive condition, we generally throw them out. This is a huge waste of resources.  The issue is that no one wants to eat beans an rice for dinner, and then have it cold for lunch as well. However, there is a way around this.  We sometimes have the magical dinner combo: rice, beans, peas and carrots. This is...

Nikita Ramachandran
by Nikita Ramachandran
6 Votes
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Nikita Ramachandran
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Whilst driving and walking around Blantyre and surrounding regions in Malawi, it is easy to see that littering is a massive issue. This may be due to an inadequate education revolving around waste issues as it is often seen that people throw rubbish out of car windows or simply drop it on the ground as they walk by. Coming from South Australia, recycling is a huge part of daily life, the council provided recycling bin is larger than the landfill bin. Another side to recycling in South...

Paige Moult
by Paige Moult
9 Votes
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Paige Moult
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In Week 2 Belinda, a fellow trekker, and I caught a minibus towards Bila Levu with the intention of meeting a farmer named Umesh Ram ,who had been sold a consultancy report a year earlier to discuss the issues that had caused him to not implement it, as well as to gather vital data for the Field Dev team who had been working on coming up with an ideal companion cropping blueprint to trial at the Sigatoka and Renandi plots. Although we did not meet up with Umesh we made some interesting...

Felix Zerbib
by Felix Zerbib
4 Votes
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Felix Zerbib

My idea is a project that seeks to develop UN Sustainable Development Goal Number 5: Gender Equality.  I currently work for an entrepreneurial company called Enactus in which I lead my own sustainability project related to youth education regarding sustainability and Indigenous culture. Within Enactus, there is another gender equality based project known as the 'Women's Creative Hub', which seeks to empower women in refugee and multicultural communities across Sydney.  The project works...

James Balzer
by James Balzer
2 Votes
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James Balzer
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I believe data is one of the most important tools we have, as an entrepreneurial organisation. By definition, we operate in an area of uncertainty. By definition, (good) data provides certainty. It is a phenomenally powerful tool in aiding our decision making, and it's excellent to see a FarmEd wide push toward collecting more data.   Our next step is to ask ourselves  why we are collecting this data, and then let that inform  how  we collect it - beginning with the end in mind....

Gabriel Raubenheimer
by Gabriel Raubenheimer
10 Votes
Comments 14
Gabriel Raubenheimer
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As our spreadsheets grow fatter and fatter, the FarmEd Fiji team is hard at work building databases to supplement/replace them. This is important because it allows for much greater integration with other programs (crucially, the FarmEd app). From Cambodia, here are some important ideas about that design, following on from a conversation between the two countries, with the aim of expanding that discussion and opening it up to you beautiful people.   International Focus Having a...

Gabriel Raubenheimer
by Gabriel Raubenheimer
28 Votes
Comments 7
Gabriel Raubenheimer

Next semester is my final semester, after graduation I may work in Australia. I really want to test myself by speaking English to see whether I’m good enough to work with other people. It is important to communicate your information and ideas to other people as an engineer. If people receive the wrong information from you, a horrible incident may occur, with time and money wasted. Also, I want to gain some professional experience for my career.     English is my second language, I know...

Junwei Huang
by Junwei Huang
5 Votes
Comments 0
Junwei Huang

Getting your team dynamics right is a vital part of a productive workplace. Not every day is going to go smoothly and you’re going to hit plenty of rough patches. There will be days where everybody is low on energy. Maybe there was a disagreement yesterday and there’s some tension in the group. Raising team morale consistently is the perfect cure.   One of my own personal creations is the Gag List. Born from a long overnight stopover at Darwin Airport, the Gag List is a record of...

Ben Disher
by Ben Disher
11 Votes
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Ben Disher

Communication is one of the mantra’s we try to live by, and yet whilst within teams there is great communication, at times there is a distinct lack of it between teams on bigger projects like FarmEd, between projects, and between countries.   As the Fiji FarmEd Market Analysis TL, I not only need to be completely across what I am doing, but also what Proof of Concept and Field Development are doing. This also extends to knowing major developments, ideas and strategies that FarmEd teams in...

Seth Coetzee
by Seth Coetzee
7 Votes
Comments 1
Seth Coetzee

One difficulty inevitably faced by PE Ventures at one point or another in their life-span is the time between project months. The lack of presence by projects from March-June and August-November can present a problem for established contacts to raise any issues or present new opportunities to PE. Trying to establish relationships with new customers is also inhibited by the breaks as there may have been a few promising meetings had or communications made yet that good work cannot continue...

Alexander Teicher
by Alexander Teicher
13 Votes
Comments 3
Alexander Teicher