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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Volunteer Spots Improvements in Nicaragua
Horticulture volunteer, Tom Syverud (see our blog post about his news article!), recently returned from Nicaragua where he provided technical support to local Farmer to Farmer hosts in existing small-scale garden projects. The project seeks to improve horticultural production, processing and marketing in rural areas. During his trip, Syverud made recommendations for improving vegetable production including newer cultivation, conservation and marketing techniques. Mr. Syverud has made trips to Nicaragua previously for similar purposes, and he remarked on the improvements he observed in the country since he last visited, six years ago.
"Although I did not return to all the same places, I sense an improvement in the knowledge level and interest in small-scale vegetable garden production...I think the whole country has shown improvement; the roads, the building, the stores, the restaurants, and the airport...The economy is, in general, better too, although there are still many unemployed, under-employed and poor people...Nicaraguans, however, area friendly, resilient people and I believe will continue tomake progress."