Here is a report about the trip our board member, Jim Bradbury, PhD, is taking to South Sudan next week:
My plan is to arrive in Juba, capitol of South Sudan, about and be in the country for 12 days with an excursion to the southern part for about four days in the middle of that period.
I will be traveling and working with Christopher Douglas, a frequent visitor to South Sudan; he manages a group that works directly with cooperatives and entrepreneurs in the Equatoria states connecting them with training, equipment, investors, and markets related
Despite a few remaining uncertainties my trip to South Sudan is still on track. I plan to arrive in Juba on , spend about four days there, travel to Kajo Keji in Central Equatoria for about four to goods produced for local use but with export potential to East Africa, Europe, and the U.S. At this stage facilitating honey production through a women's cooperative in Kajo Keji and preparing for installation of small weather stations throughout the region are scheduled.
My main objectives are to promote science and technology education, through discussions and seminars at the University of Juba, with a view toward contributing to sustainable progress in agroforestry, public health, and energy production. I have arranged meetings with some faculty and students at the University of Juba, a few government officials, and USAID staff. Examples of topics include new internet-based educational tools, microgrids for rural energy needs, geophysical mapping through GIS systems, improved weather forecasting for better planting information and estimating likelihood of mosquito-borne diseases. In the larger context, of course, trying to generate a little international goodwill through science-based diplomacy.
-- Wishing happy and safe travels to Jim.
(Wondering where South Sudan is?)