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  • Pamela McLean
    *How it works* On the first Thursday of each month I try be online for an hour. I invite some of my friends and contacts to join me. I have no idea if anyone
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      How it works

      On the first Thursday of each month I try be online for an hour. I invite  some of my friends and  contacts to join me. I have no idea if anyone  will be willing and able  to accept my invitation, but I wait online in the hope that someone will arrive - and usually the result is an  interesting  discussion of some kind

      Four of us met to chat today - and started with introductions:

      Steve  Bosserman - based in Ohio, USA.  Have an interest in applying local  food systems to establish sustainable local economies.  Here's a link to  my Dadamac profile: http://www.dadamac.net/network/steve-bosserman

      Olalekan  Oyekola, Development Communicator and PR practitioner working in  Nigeria, My home town is Ago-Are, Oyo State Nigeria.

      John Dada here. I work with Fantsuam Foundation in Kafanchan http://www.dadamac.net/about/john

      Pamela McLean - Dadamac in UK - hosting this meeting.  http://www.dadamac.net/about/pam

      Conversation  Snippets - more at Dadamac's First Thursday Meeting on December 1st - http://etherpad.openstewardship.net/December-First-Thursday

      14:06  Olalekan Oyekola: Hi Steve. My home town is Ago-Are, Oyo State Nigeria.  Our major is agric. Are you talking about food processing?
      14:10  Steve B: My colleagues and I cover the complete value chain from the  point of production in fields and plots through to the points of  consumption where people eat the food produced, processed, and prepared.

      14:16  Olalekan Oyekola: Hi.I saw your (Pam's) notice on my return from Benin City  where we had an annual conference, so I thought I should join in. I will  be in Ago-Are tomorrow for the 50 Year (Golden Jubilee) Anniversary of  the Ifelodun Ago-Are Parapo Town Union

      14:18  Olalekan Oyekola: Hi John. I want to give you 2 hotlines to report  outbreak of fighting in your area for prompt attention by security  agents
      14:18 John Dada: That will be helpful Olalekan
      14:24  Olalekan Oyekola: The Hotlines: 08056831232 and 08103880646. You can  make direct calls or send text messages but give time and location of  any outbreak without delays. I mean as it is just developing. It is  always best to save lives and property. Never fear. The lines are  operated by Army PR Directorate which has direct links to security  agents in the field nationwide.

      14:28 Steve B: While we're together on this chat, I would like to return to a topic we discussed last summer--seed tape.
      14:29  Steve B: This is very simple process that embeds individual seeds in  their ideal spacing to a biodegradable tape that can be unwound using  very simple equipment.
      14:30 Steve B: The process is easily learned and the manufacturing of the equipment can be done locally.
      14:31  Steve B: I'm working with some people in the states who go hot and and  cold on this idea depending on their budgets. Now, they're hot. And I  want it to be available in Africa!
      14:37 Steve B: I'll get back with my colleagues about the seed tape project and send John a file outlining the basic concept.
      14:38 Steve B: If we can keep after it while the interest is high, that will assure it stays on their radar.

      14:38  Olalekan Oyekola: Mr Timothy Oyawale came to see my experiment on fish  farming 2 years back. He took interest from the outcome and built a  surface pond. He has now added fish farming to his poultry and crops

      14:39  Steve B: I know they are looking for some test sites. Sounds like there  are several candidate locations in Nigeria. Would that be a correct  statement?

      More at Dadamac's First Thursday Meeting on December 1st - http://etherpad.openstewardship.net/December-First-Thursday
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