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6:30pm African Perspectives: Agriculture and Women Empowerment

March 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

African Perspectives: Agriculture and Women Empowerment

Speaker: Martin Kailie

Date: March 29, 2018 at 6:30pm 

Free and open to the public!

A series exploring African immigration, contemporary Science Fiction, and female empowerment through farming.

International House Davis, with support from the Davis Network for Africa, is pleased to present
a 3-part conversation series led by innovative thinkers and practitioners from, or working
between, Northern California and Africa. Co-sponsored with Global Affairs at UC Davis, the
series was born from a desire for more substantive discourse around the diverse continent. The
series is not meant to be comprehensive, but will include the following compelling topics:
contemporary African Science/Speculative Fiction (confirmed speaker, Moradewun Adejunmobi,
moderated by Mark Jerng); the unique role of farming and female empowerment through the
work of Green Africa in Sierra Leone (confirmed speaker, Humphrey Fellow Martin Kailie,
moderated by Kate Scow); and notions of “Africa” and African/African-American identity in
relation to movements and discourse in the U.S. (confirmed speaker Dr. Boatamo Mosupyoe,
moderated by Jeanelle Hope).

Topic of the talk: The unique role of farming and female empowerment through the
work of Green Africa in Sierra Leone

About the Speaker: Martin Kailie ​(moderated by Kate Scow), ​will discuss his work as founder and CEO
of Green Africa Inc. Kailie, a farmer and social entrepreneur, has worked since 2009 with
women farmers empowering them to fight increasing poverty in drought and flood-prone
communities in his country, Sierra Leone. Kailie is currently a 2017-2018 Humphrey Fellow at
UC Davis. His goal is to learn climate-smart farming and network with U.S. farmers to support
5,000 women farmers with appropriate irrigation technology, organic farming techniques, and
links to markets. Kailie holds an MPhil in Linguistics from the University of Sierra Leone and
taught in the same university for ten years before switching to sustainable agriculture and rural
development. While documenting endangered languages in his native Sierra Leone, he
witnessed the devastating effects of drought and floods on communities. Inspired by that
experience, his dream is to use sustainable agriculture to tackle climate change to improve the
lives of subsistence farmers at risk from climate change.

I-House Community Room
6:30pm: Doors open
7pm: Program starts

Free and open to the public!



March 29
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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