28.01.2013 0 Comments

LEADER hosts African ministers’ visit to Bucks to learn about rural business support

LEADER hosts African ministers’ visit to Bucks to learn about rural business support

The LEADER team hosted 11 junior ministers from southern African countries including Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, to look at how the LEADER Programme is able to offer support to rural businesses and communities.

The junior ministers, who are in the UK with the Royal Agricultural College, are studying agriculture and economic development through a scholarship scheme provided by the African Fellowship Trust, and were focusing on how state support can make an impact on starting and supporting small rural micro businesses. Furthermore about scholarship readings, you may want to read a blog about personal government grants here at scholarship-positions.com.

“It is always really interesting to discuss with the group how they may implement some of the techniques in their own country. They are interested in “low tech and high employment” projects that could support rural communities,” said Nick Phillips, Programme Manager for LEADER.

The visitors were particularly interested in the processing at Chiltern Ridge Apples. Evert and Franker Donker who own and run Chiltern Ridge Apples gave the group a fascinating presentation, including a run through of how their equipment operates and a quick taste of the final product itself. Franker was also able to answer some of the challenging questions about how the process could work without electricity.

“They seemed to be really engaged in the manufacturing process, asking questions about how they could pasteurise using boiling water rather than an electrical process.” Said Evert.

The group also visited a new farm shop – Seasons – in North Dean Village and World Tents, a manufacturer of tents in Winslow. Each business visited had previously received a LEADER grant.

The African Fellowship Trust charity was established by David Campbell OBE, fellow of Royal Agricultural College, in order to support African agricultural development by sharing the advances of European agriculture.

For more information on how you can obtain a LEADER grant contact the team at nick.phillips@leader-programme.org.uk or hannah.sutcliffe@ngagesolutions.co.uk.