Agriculture study tour to Ethiopia
A group of Hadlow College International Agriculture students recently enjoyed a study trip to Ethiopia.
Aimed at helping the students see first-hand how tropical agriculture in a developing country is managed, the group included a number of African students; all of whom are potentially leaders within their countries’ agricultural sector once they have completed their studies.
It was a busy trip with a full schedule involving visits to smallholdings and commercial farms including those specialising in dairy, poultry and goats. The group also visited the largest coffee growing and processing plant in Africa, a large commercial farm that exports beef to the Middle East and a large Dutch flower grower which exports to Holland. Part of the tour included a trip to the Hawassa University farms to see the differences between a UK land-based degree programme and one that is taught in Africa.
All students agreed that it was a very educational and enjoyable trip and provided them with the opportunity to apply in practice some of what they have learnt in the classroom. Ethiopia is a country where agriculture is developing rapidly and, for the students, it was exciting to see this first-hand.