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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 6, 2011

Faculty, staff members to share experiences volunteering in Malawi, Africa

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Two Northwest Missouri State University faculty and staff members will discuss their summer trips to Malawi, Africa, as volunteers for the Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs Farmer-to-Farmer Program, during a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at the First Baptist Church, 121 E. Jenkins St.

Dr. George Kegode, an assistant professor of agriculture, traveled to Mzuzu in northern Malawi, where he helped entrepreneur Bobby Mlongoti improve his vegetable production and retail business. George Kegode was tasked with devising vegetable rotation and sequencing schedules for Mlongoti's recently acquired 5-acre vegetable farm in order to maintain vegetable supply and limit excess production that would lead to vegetable spoilage and losses.

The CNFA Farmer-to-Farmer program began assisting Mlongoti in 2008 when volunteers helped him establish his business with good bookkeeping and accounting practices. After he acquired more land, George Kegode helped Mlongoti develop management production plans for his farm and strategic plans for the future of his business.

Dr. Redempta Kegode, a part-time chemical safety manager for the college of Arts and Sciences, traveled to Blantyre in southern Malawi, where she assisted a private Malawian business enterprise, Naturals.m, with product diversification. Redempta Kegode helped brainstorm new product lines, explore alternative ingredients when regular ingredients were not available, evaluated the feasibility for potential new products, decided on the products on which to begin work, and formulated recipes and processing prototypes of products for initial evaluation. Her assistance yielded several products including a high-nutrient cereal bar, an ice cream popsicle and a jelly preserve, all with baobab juice or powder as the main ingredient.

The presentation will also highlight the CNFA Farmer-to-Farmer Program and opportunities for volunteering as well as the United States Agency for International Development.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468