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African agricultural students gain regional farming know how

PRIDING itself of equipping students from developing countries, in particular Africa, with the knowledge and know-how to sustain farming in their homeland and communities is the Marshal Papworth Trust.

Since its creation in 2001, the Fund has welcomed 83 students to the UK to work alongside experts in the field of agriculture and horticulture, all gaining hands-on experience when it comes to farming and crop growing methods.

The Fund was formed from monies bequeathed by Cambridgeshire farmer and former East of England Agricultural Society member, Marshal Papworth – whose vision was to help students in developing countries to enhance skills they could put into practice in their homeland for the benefit of their community.

Each year, through the Marshal Papworth Scholarship Fund, a group of students specifically from developing countries visit the UK and undergo courses through the Fund to gain a recognised qualification.

And as part of this year’s trip, a group of students will be giving visitors to the East of England Show in Peterborough an insight into village-life, African style!

A taste of Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania all rolled into one amazing attraction is a first for Peterborough and the region’s biggest family event – held at the East of England Showground from July 6 – 8.

The African Village, which will feature as many authentic elements as possible, has been several months in the planning – and will culminating in a stunning show piece to celebrate the East of England Agricultural Society’s links with Africa.

The African Village will include:

- A working market
- An authentic African hut
- A raised chicken kraal with African chickens
- Water buffalo
- Emus
- Pigmy goats
- A farm area with native crops

James Parrish, chairman of the Marshal Papworth Trust, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the exceptional work of the Trust, particularly through the Scholarship scheme, and to give visitors an insight into the workings of an African Village. It is a truly exciting project for us and for the Show overall.”

There are many other highlights of this year’s East of England Show including:

- A ‘village’ style layout, leading visitors to areas of specific interest – including retail, livestock, food hall and equestrian.
- A business hub for on Friday, to include a Ladies Day and a large-scale networking opportunity for the local business community.
- The popular Championship Dog Show.
- Classic Car and Vintage displays.
- An impressive food court displaying tasty local and regional produce.
- A new Heritage Area to showcase the British Festival of the Working Horse.
- Kids’ kitchen and pizza making.
- A visit by the amazing Queen’s Beasts statues
- A countryside pursuits section
- An open-air concert featuring X Factor finalists Marcus Collins and Janet Devlin on the Saturday evening.


For more information visit www.eastofenglandshow.co.uk

by S. C.
17 june 2012, World News > Africa

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