In the spring of 2015, CIAS partnered with Kidlinks World and the International Agriculture Colloquium, a student group on the UW Madison campus, to offer a unique symposium: Community Solutions: The Agroecology of Development in Africa at the Deluca Forum in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) building.
This exciting event featured five speakers who live and breathe community agriculture across Africa. From South Africa to Kenya to Uganda, we heard about the experiences, challenges, and successes of agricultural development efforts in both urban and rural contexts. This symposium was formed to foster cross-cultural understanding and shared learning as we explore agroecological development from multiple angles.
In tandem with the symposium, there was a poster session titled Africa’s changing face of development, featuring UW work from a variety of disciplines, and offering a forum to feature student research and to unite oft separated parts of campus that are working with agriculture internationally using different approaches.