The most exciting news over the past few months has been the decision in Sari and my own hearts to begin thinking and preparing to move back to Zambia next year to expand the project.
Last month, I was in the CT area presenting my research at Yale. During that time, I met with people who have been involved in supporting the project over the past years, spoke with non-profit lawyers, read business and organization development books, and began to develop a practial and sustainable business plan that ties together the lessons we've learned so far. Much of this is published at the Dell Social Innovation Challenge website which I'm attaching below. We qualified for the semi-finals of this international competition! Check it out.
At this stage, we're really looking for strategic partnerships that could bring necessary resources and skills together. I've met some interesting contacts at the Global Health and Innovation Conference at Yale, at the Agritech Conference in Tel Aviv, and through various contacts in Connecticut. Someone has already pledged $10,000 to support travel expenses for establishing these connections in the future.
This is the rainy season in Zambia, so the gardens are operating only on a smaller scale. Yet we have partnered with the Sustainable Agriculture and Micro-Enterprise (SAM) project, a local team in Livingstone, to help train our participants. The SAM project helps gardeners sell their produce in local agricultural cooperatives, so it is a great partnership for us.
Thanks again for your support. Looking forward to more progress ahead.
Adam and Sari
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