Friday, 13 November 2009
Become a Sandinista
I say this because the politics of Nicaragua are intimately involved with work. Scientists and extensionists are affected (afflicted?) by their perceived allegiances, and it seems never more so than today. It's a sad reflection on the struggle to create a fairer society. Revolution today means endless revolving doors for political groups. Should allegiances determine who wins and who loses?
But before we become too philosophical, let us celebrate the wonderful achievements of Nicaragua in creating good change. It started back in 2005 when the GPC was invited to establish plant clinics, based on successes in Bolivia. In truth, these successes were rather small, yet the results from the Postas para Plantas were enough to convince people in Nicaragua that they could do something similar. The results today excede the GPC expectations. There are regular clinics and committed organisations. They exist on shoestrings but at least they are strong shoestrings. Well done Nicaragua. A revolution to be proud of!
OK, I've tried to upload an image of a fact sheet. The WiFi in Los Arcos in Esteli won't allow me. I'll try to add this later. (And now I'v succeeded in León.)
Today we completed another course for plant doctors. There were 24 people who came to La Campina, just outside Esteli. We (me, Yelitza, Sol) explained how to write fact sheets (hojas volantes in Spanish), improve your photography (does anyone else teach this?) and carry out farmer peer-reviews. Honest people who are largely outside the normal project perspective. They done well.