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Alyssa Cleland
Alyssa Cleland

Editor’s note: This is one of a series of posts by students from Michigan State University in the U.S. and LUANAR University in Malawi who participated in the Frugal Innovations Program of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.

By Alyssa Cleland

8/16/15
Ndinga ku jamba laiya ko? In Chichewa that means,  “Can I take  your picture?” (I’m 100% sure I bombed the spelling on that)
I knew my experience as a videographer would be different here, but I had no idea the extent of how difficult it would be.
In the U.S., it’s pretty easy to approach people and ask them to be on camera. I’v e been denied numerous times, but usually people are polite. It’s also not a big deal to carry a camera around and take photos, just as a tourist. I can easily focus on multiple aspects of storytelling, because I do not have to worry about the reactions to me filming in public.

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Capturing an immersive experience

Editor’s note: This is one of a series of posts by students from Michigan State University in the U.S. and LUANAR University in Malawi who participated in the Frugal Innovations Program of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.
By Alyssa Cleland
8/9/15 Blog
Being here for only one day has already brought so many surprises. I told myself I was going into this with completely open mind; no expectations and no judgements, adjusting [to the best of my ability] to life here in Malawi for two weeks. Adjusting to life here is not as simple as I thought it would be. After all, the reason we adjust is because we are not used to certain conditions.

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A visit to markets in areas 47 and 25 A

Editor’s note: This is one of a series of posts by students from Michigan State University in the U.S. and LUANAR University in Malawi who participated in the Frugal Innovations Program of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.

By Maxwell Makanda

11th August, 2015

Lilongwe city is located in the central of Malawi with a population that is increasing at a rapid rate. The city is demarcated into different residential areas and the vast population has contributed to the existence of markets at different locations within the Lilongwe urban. During the visitation of the markets in areas 25A and 47, a number of things were noted which seemed continuously affect the day to day business life of vendors.

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I’m a change agent, not a tourist

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Editor’s note: This is one of a series of posts by students from Michigan State University in the U.S. and LUANAR University in Malawi who participated in the Frugal Innovations Program of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.

By Kevin Wills

I do not want to be a tourist. I do not want the LUANAR students or the vendors in the market to look at me and just think that I am another white person that comes in to ask what problems they have, snap some pictures for Facebook, and leave their lives unchanged. I do not want this experience to pass by aimlessly and not learn anything substantive during the process.

There are moments when I think about our problems that we must solve in Area 25A and lose hope that we can actually create a meaningful change in how the market is operated in such a short period.

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Welcome to Africa

Editor’s note: This is one of a series of posts by students from Michigan State University in the U.S. and LUANAR University in Malawi who participated in the Frugal Innovations Program of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.
By Alyssa Cleland
8/9/15
After a long first day we were all exhausted and ready to settle in our rooms and go to bed. I was unpacking my stuff and suddenly it was dark. “Ahhh! Are you serious?” Screams echoed from all the MSU students’ dorms, including my own. I ran out to the hallway, where we all met to assess this tragic situation.

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