Student innovators advocate for Lilongwe market vendors

LUANAR student Mathews Ng%27omacheza speaks to female vendor%2c credit LL.jpg

By Lizzy LaFave

“The most effective change comes out of bringing lots of perspectives together,” said Stephanie White, city-regional food systems lead and Frugal Innovation Practicum program director at Michigan State University’s Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.

The practicum brings together students from Michigan State and the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR). While MSU students bring more of an outsider’s perspective, LUANAR students have grown up shopping in Lilongwe’s markets. Continue reading Student innovators advocate for Lilongwe market vendors

Advertisements

Michigan farmers eye tariff as potential trouble

w:MALAWIMIRACLEPHOTO
Photo: George Kalungwe’s blog
By KALEY FECH
Capital News Service

LANSING – Many Michigan farmers are worried about a potential backlash as a result of higher federal tariffs and new international trade policies.

“The big concern in agriculture right now is that by leveling steel and aluminum import tariffs against some of our key trading partners, like China, it could levy a retaliatory tariff, and often retaliation targets agriculture,” said Chuck Lippstreu, a publicist for the Agricultural Leaders of Michigan.

That could to lead to unintended consequences and a retaliation against Michigan agriculture and U.S. agriculture that would hurt farmers, he said.

Continue reading Michigan farmers eye tariff as potential trouble

Michigan measure seeks to prevent potato diseases

Biofortified potatoes.jpg
Biofortified potatoes. Image: International Potato Center
By CRYSTAL CHEN
Capital News Service

LANSING – Farmers with more than an acre of seed potatoes would face new requirements under a bill passed by the Senate and House: to plant only certified seed potatoes.

The intent is to reduce the possible spread of diseases that could have a major economic impact on the state’s agricultural industry, supporters say.

Continue reading Michigan measure seeks to prevent potato diseases

Need to use the bathroom at work? Lilongwe’s female vendors think twice

vendor.pngby Lizzy LaFave

Women farmers and entrepreneurs in Malawi experience more limitations than their male counterparts, researchers say.

Students in the 2017 Frugal Innovation Practicum (FIP) interviewed vendors at Mitundu market to learn about issues they face that affect their businesses and ability to put food on the table. The practicum is hosted in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Continue reading Need to use the bathroom at work? Lilongwe’s female vendors think twice

Jackfruit: The old fruit with new fans

jackfruit

By Max Johnston

The jackfruit is a large tree borne fruit that has been cultivated in southeast Asia for centuries.

However, in the past few years jackfruit has caught on in western markets. The fruit’s texture and ability to be take on almost any flavor has made it a hit with vegetarians.

Upton’s Naturals is a food outlet based in Chicago. They sell jackfruit in a variety of recipes and flavors, from Barbeque to Thai curry.

Nicole Sopko is the Vice President at Upton’s Naturals. We talked about jackfruit, vegetarian markets and much more.

Listen to that interview here.