About

I got my first taste of development work as a Peace Corps volunteer in northern Zambia from 2007-2009. While living in a rural village I became interesting in finding ways to integrate environmental sustainability into my development projects; I particularly came to see the importance of increasing the sustainability of agricultural practices in order to improve livelihoods.

After completing my service, I enrolled in the Monterey Institute of International Studies and completed my Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy in December of 2011. My studies focused on sustainable agriculture, conservation, and development. I was then lucky enough to find an opportunity to gain more hands on agricultural experience that could compliment the theoretical knowledge I gained in graduate school. In January 2012 I came to Malawi and am currently a program manager at the Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology in Lilongwe.

I am excited to be back in Africa and hope to use this blog as a way to share my experiences in Malawi (and elsewhere!) with any friends and family.

I hope you enjoy!

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2 Responses to About

  1. michele peel says:

    I would very much like to communicate with you. I’m with the Southern Eye Institute (Southern Eye clinic in Serabu, Sierra Leone). We are working to build a healthy sustainable village in Serabu. We are bringing villagers to Cal-Earth to learn superadobe construction. I am tasked with writing a “teaching” notebook on permaculture. I know about permaculture gardening in the Southern US, but know nothing about permaculture gardening / farming in Sub Saharan Africa.
    I need a lot more information about apprentice permaculture programs in Africa. We would like to
    send at least two farmers to a premaculture training program. I am seriously considering doing the apprenticeship myself. I am young anymore. I need to know as much as possible about these programs, so I can make a good decision where to send the farmers and if I can go myself. I do hope you see this and answer it. We are trying to save lives.
    Thank you and take care,
    Michele Peel

    peel_m@yahoo.com

  2. michele peel says:

    Sorry, that’s I’m NOT young anymore.

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