On Thursday, November 22nd the AP Human Geography class had the pleasure of visiting the West African Headquarters of ICRISAT. Below you read about the vision and mission of ICRISAT and two students' opinion on GMOs. Also, you can see the whole AP HG class learning about sorghum and millet. Visiting ICRISAT was very educational and great way to learn more about how some AISB parents are working to improve the world in which we live.
ICRISAT which is a non-profit organization that is working on agricultural research. The mission mission is to reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation in dryland tropics and create a vision of a prosperous, food-secure and resilient dryland tropics where it will not be hard to get food because they work on ways to improve agriculture in places with a dry climate. ICRISAT is now working in 55 countries with a semi-arid climate where they grow crops like millet, groundnut and sorghum.
There is one main biotechnology company in the US called Bayer that produces chemicals that are used as herbicides and creates many GMOs. This company is a private company, meaning that it is not being subsidised by the government therefore, the company works for the profit. The main goal of this company is to create/come up with solutions against the increasing population and world hunger, surely, so why does it have to be involved with politics? Why should we let people that have little knowledge in biotechnology decide for hundreds of people? Why should let those people interests rule over a large number of human lives?
Bayer is a company that seems to have as first goal to improve the economy and bring more money into rich people's pockets, rather than improving human lives and bring safety to poor people. Bayer works towards the greater good of commercial farming. It is not beneficial at all for small farmers. Small farmers usually use organic seeds and not modified seeds. To get those modified seeds they oftentimes have to collaborate with those big companies and start getting involved in some shady businesses and end up struggling because there is only one rule in the contract,” ride or die” . Since GMO seeds are not natural, small farmers can not grow seeds and then keep some of the seeds that have been collected to plant them again. You can only use those seeds once.
In Mali, ICRISAT, works towards the greater good of the population as a whole in order to give them a better life, without profiting from them. They use the government aides, in order to help small farmers improve their conditions of life by helping them increasing their incomes. In general, small farmers do not have a stable lifestyle, but with the help of NGOs such as ICRISAT, they can meet their family needs and their commerce.
From my point of view, ICRISAT does not really create GMOs, but rather creates Smart Food. They look for different ways to improve crops and seeds, make it easier for small farmers. Instead of coming up with a all new seed that didn't exist before.
AISB is delighted to welcome Figne Hansen as our School Nurse. Miss Figne is Danish and did her nurse’s training in Copenhagen and Kenya. In her time with us Miss Figne has already been meeting with local health providers to investigate quality care in Bamako and working on the school’s health policies and manuals, and she is of course --most importantly -- taking care of the usual parade of scrapes, bumps and upset tummies daily. Meanwhile, Miss Oumou remains the school’s first “one to go to” for students, and we appreciate Miss Oumou’s warmth and superhero skills at caring for students while keeping us all organized.
We are also very pleased to welcome Aimée Zokpon to the staff. Aimée has been filling in for Julie Gibson, and will take up duties as the teacher for Intermediate French beginning in January. We are very pleased to have her!
At this time we also bid a fond farewell to Ms. Isabelle Thomazeau-Pépin , who will be leaving us at Christmas, to join her husband in Dakar. In her six years with AISB Miss Isa has made many contributions to student learning and the life of the school.
We will miss her, but we wish her the very best in her new life, and we remind her that Dakar is right next door!
As second semester approaches AISB is preparing to welcome new families to our community. We are always glad to see new faces, and we are proud of the community warmth and diversity that help make AISB a terrific school. Please join us in welcoming our newest additions to the school when you see them.
AISB is also pleased to reach out to the wider community to potential families and students. You, our parents and students, are the best ambassadors for the school. By sharing your experience with new potential families you help our community grow, and you help families find the right school for their children.
If you know of anyone interested in joining AISB, please feel free to point them in our direction. Here are some ways you can do that:
Our registrar, Mariam Keita, is happy to assist new families by answering questions about the school and the admissions process - in French or English! Interested families can contact Mariam by email (email@example.com) or phone (2022-4738).
The School Website and Facebook page
Families can find out about the admissions process, the school's academic program, and much more, by going to aisbmali.org. A nice view of our community is available at the school’s Facebook page.
The School Brochure
Our AISB brochure is another way to share information about the school. If you would like copies of the brochure for your workplace or community hang-out, please do be in touch. We'd be happy to provide you with some.
Dear Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff,
The winter break is almost here and I hope you take advantage of the time to rest, relax and celebrate with family. We had a big start to the year with our preparations for and then the hosting of a very successful accreditation visit. Of course there are many more exciting and important dates still to come. Here are some to keep in mind:
We wish you a happy and restful holiday.
See you at school,