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January 31, 2013

OC Speakers Series February 4, 2013 – Merle Kindred: Urban Agriculture in Kerala India

by Todd Redding

On February 4, join Merle Kindred at the OC Penticton Campus at 7pm for a talk about urban agriculture in southern India.

The State of Kerala on the southwest coast of India on the Arabian Sea is a largely agricultural region, yet the size of its population (nearly equal to that of Canada) means it’s still challenged in providing adequate food for its urban citizens. The state has a history of remarkable development over the past half century in the areas of education, health care, empowerment of women, and devolution of political power to villages. Kerala also focuses on improving its agricultural production, including urban agricultural initiatives and showcasing agriculture in its school programs. This presentation discusses progress in urban agriculture in this region of India.


About Merle Kindred:

Merle Kindred did her doctoral field studies in alternative communication strategies pertaining to increasing awareness and action about energy use in the built environment. Organizations in Michigan and Kerala were her case studies. Since completion of her PhD six years ago, she has continued her association with the Centre of Science and Technology for Rural Development in Kerala and, as an informal consultant in communications, she has made lengthy annual trips to India. Here in Penticton, she is on the boards of both Habitat for Humanity South Okanagan and the Penticton Urban Agriculture Association.

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