Farmer-To-Farmer in Nepal

DSCN0477Tomorrow morning, I leave for Nepal for an USAID assignment for the John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program, coordinated though Winrock International. The assignment is with the Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) in Rampur, Chitwan (Baratpur Campus, actually) which was founded in 2010.

The details are not all that interesting, but AFU requested USAID (via subcontractor, Winrock) provide statistical expertise to conduct a comprehensive workshop introducing and applying an “easy to run and simple statistical system” that could help “researchers to summarize and analyze information with a computer.” I was told that AFU students and faculty were currently using SAS and Genstat (a UK-based, commercial package) but lacked expertise to teach one another. It may go without saying, but structuring the workshop around R was an easy sale and the rest is history.

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