‘My name is Sandhya, I am studying Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Suriname. I am currently doing an one year exchange program at Ughent to study agriculture courses of my choice. These fundamental courses are not available in Suriname.’
As I introduced myself at the social media bootcamp preceding the #ICYA2017 conference, I felt how my fellow students and bootcampers looked at me with question marks in their eyes: ‘What do you mean these courses were not available in your country? Is agriculture and food security not a priority in Suriname?’
And off I went on my usual tangent… Explaining, again, how on earth it was possible that in a country putting foodsecurity at the top of its agenda, only a limited choice of agricultural studies were available. And only at a graduate level.
It is an embarassing fact for many reasons:
Agriculture is one of the basic factors…
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