AP Human Geography Visits ICRISAT

by Chade van de Fliert

The AP Human Geography class has been learning about Agriculture around the world. They have also learned about genetically modified crops (GMCs). In order to further our research on Agriculture in Africa, particularly in West Africa, we decided as a class that we would take an informative field trip to ICRISAT. The AP Human Geography class along with Ms.Owens took a field trip to ICRISAT on Thursday, November 17th. Thanks to Dr. Nzungize and his colleagues, the AP Human Geography class had the opportunity to increase our knowledge on Agriculture in Africa. We learned the following topics during Dr. Nzungize’s informative presentation:

  • ICRISAT’s location
  • GMCs (pros and cons)
  • Subsistence farming
  • Commercial farming
  • Obesity and malnutrition in developing nations

Our visit to ICRISAT was a very instructive experience for the AP Human Geography class. It created an opportunity for them to listen to diverse professional opinions. This opened and varied our personal opinions on GMCs and agriculture in Mali. The AP Human Geography class took part in discussions with several members of the organization. In these discussions they spoke of the pros and cons of GMCs and how they could potentially either harm or improve Mali. They were strongly opinionated and enlightened people, which gave us the appreciation of how important agriculture is. Thanks to ICRISAT, the AP Human Geography class broadened their understanding of agriculture.

Here we are holding up some groundnuts.  ICRISAT is actively doing research to improve groundnut crop yields and to create a groundnut that may be more drought resistant. Here we are holding up some groundnuts. ICRISAT is actively doing research to improve groundnut crop yields and to create a groundnut that may be more drought resistant.

Here we are holding up some groundnuts.  ICRISAT is actively doing research to improve groundnut crop yields and to create a groundnut that may be more drought resistant.

 

 

Learning about improved maize.  As with the groundnuts, the aim is improved yield and drought resistance.Learning about improved maize. As with the groundnuts, the aim is improved yield and drought resistance.

Learning about improved maize.  As with the groundnuts, the aim is improved yield and drought resistance.

Checking out the weather stationChecking out the weather station

Checking out the weather station