Wetenschap - 11 maart 1999

Peace and agriculture in Africa

Peace and agriculture in Africa

Peace and agriculture in Africa

African students in Wageningen recently joined in a Netherlands-wide initiative to organise a conference entitled Time to Abolish War: Peace and Justice for Africa in the new Millennium. The conference will take place on May 11th, to mark the start of five days devoted to the 100th anniversary of the Hague Appeal for Peace. Mohamednur Adan, a Leisure & Environment MSc student, is on the conference organising committee and is encouraging students in Wageningen to take part in the initiative. From Kenya, where he was involved in programmes for refugees of war-torn states such as Somalia, Adan has a personal interest in this issue: This is a really important theme for Africa at the moment. We need to work on developing a culture of peace in that region. One of the goals of the conference is to make a student contribution to the Hague Appeal for Peace, which hopes to update an international peace agenda originally set in 1898

The one-day conference is asking students across the Netherlands to submit papers on themes ranging from conflict management, disarmament, and the root causes of war in Africa. Adan hopes that students attending the WAU will present papers: We should ensure that topics of agriculture are also well-represented in the conference. Am.S

(More information: Mohamednur Adan or Berina Uwimbabazi both at msc.student.wau.nl)

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