Time to rest…at least a little bit

After all the stress and adventures of the Agriculture Shows Lloyd went back to Chinkonono Village to get some well deserved rest. He just sent a little update on what he is doing these days.

“Some friends asked me where, when and how i relax….and this is how i do it πŸ˜‰

Dig water wells for old and young:

Digging in :)
Digging in πŸ™‚

Teach kids how to read and write, assist kids from vulnerable homes with books,pencils and school fees, assist community schools and build classrooms:

Lloyd giving classes
Lloyd giving classes
School Building
School Building
:)
πŸ™‚

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Plant, raise and distribute fruit tree seedlings to vulnerable homes, schools and orphanages:

Breadfruit
Breadfruit
Family Time
Family Time

Supporting local football teams with balls and jerseys:

Football all over ;)
Football all over πŸ˜‰

……..so weird but true. That is my party, my holiday and my picnic πŸ™‚ “

Enjoy your time off, Lloyd! πŸ™‚

Time to rest…at least a little bit

No Lusaka for us this year…

Today is the big day: the National Agriculture Show in Lusaka starts. As you all know Planting A Future was invited to showcase there.

Unfortunately we won’t be able to exhibit due to logistics and also the short amount of time between the Provincial and National Shows.

We are a bit disappointed that we will have to miss out on that chance. But we will work hard to showcase in Lusaka next year. Until then we will work on our core tasks. Listen to what Lloyd has to say about it!

No Lusaka for us this year…

Chances and Challenges: Lloyd talks about the National Agriculture Show

Well…we got invited to the National Agriculture Show in Lusaka in about 3 weeks from now. Listen to Lloyd talking about the chances and difficulties of that show, about what we hope to achieve by exhibiting there and also about what financial and logistical problems we face. Tune in and hear Lloyd explaining it all!

Chances and Challenges: Lloyd talks about the National Agriculture Show

Traditional Zambian Victory Song

We tried to give the show goers in Livingstone some extra treat. So our friend Levison performed a traditional Tonga Victory Poem. He is playing on a Zambian war drum called namaalwa. You can probably imagine that this drew people to our booth.

We know your Tonga skills are not as fluent. πŸ˜‰ So basically what it is about:

The first thing he says is thanking Bruni and Julie for their sacrifice.
To him all of us are warriors because bringing breadfruit into the country is winning the war against hunger.

Thank you, Levison! We are touched and humbled.

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Traditional Zambian Victory Song

Behind the Scenes at the Provincial Agriculture Show

So now that the Provincial Show is over and Grime, Andrew, Wesley and Lloyd made their way back home we got some time to show you guys a few “backstage” pictures. It was a great Show, we recieved so much positive Feedback on Planting A Future and breadfruits. We are very motivated and excited and am already trying to prepare for the National Show in Lusaka which requires high financial and logistical ressources. We are still trying to figure it out. But now enjoy! There was music:

Some entertainment
Some entertainment

There was dancing:

Tradiotional Zambian dancers
Tradiotional Zambian dancers
Traditional dancing
Traditional dancing

There was artistical performance:

Artists
Artists

There wasΒ food:

Well..who will be the cook tonight? Wesley? ;)
Well..who will be the cook tonight? Wesley maybe? πŸ˜‰
Obviously some did it ;) ...Nshima!!!
Breakfast at the Show

There was time to relax:

Grime and Lloyd chilling at the banks of the mighty Zambezi River
Grime and Lloyd chilling at the banks of the mighty Zambezi River
The crew :)
The crew πŸ™‚

Oh…and there was work πŸ˜‰

Andrew explaining
Andrew explaining
Behind the Scenes at the Provincial Agriculture Show

MC Lloyd on the Mic…a very honest and serious interview

Now that the Provincial Show is over we managed to get a quick little interview with Lloyd. Tune in to see what he has to say. πŸ™‚

Lloyd talks about Planting A Future and all the people behind the scenes, about future prospects and past struggles.

Also he tells us about the past agriculture Shows in Zambia, about the success and about all the attention breadfruit and Planting the Future got. We now have been invited to the National Show in Lusaka. But unfortunately it looks like we might not be able to attend because of lack of money and breadfruit trees, which all have been given out.

It is interesting to hear what Lloyd has to say.

MC Lloyd on the Mic…a very honest and serious interview

Recap Day 3: Provincial Agriculture Show

Livingstone, 18 July 2015: Another early morning for Grime, Wesley, Lloyd and Andrew. What a busy day it was. The guys took every chance to talk to people, NGOs, officials and organizations. Making contacts and connections…the Provincial Show is the best place to do just that. We also asked Β a show goers what they think about Breadfruit and Planting A Future. Listen to James’ opinion:

Like in the past 2 days our stand and booth was drawing a lot of people and we got a lot of attention and great feedback from everyone.

Busy times at our booth
Busy times at our booth

Also today was the big day. The officials announced the winners of the different categories. And Planting A Future won the Best Cooperative Award.

Grime with our Certificate and Trophy
Grime with our Certificate and Trophy

And guess what? Lloyd was so busy talking to representatives of the Nanga Research Institute that he wasn’t even aware that the awards were given out. So Grime went to pick the certificate and trophy.

And when we now tell you what awesome prices we recieved you will not believe your eyes and ears: a bag of seeds and a bag of fertilizer. No joke. TIA…This is Africa πŸ˜‰

Recap Day 3: Provincial Agriculture Show