Anne Dare: Colombia Farmer-to-Farmer

Colombia Farmer-to-Farmer
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  • Country: Colombia

anneAnne Dare
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Innovation for International Development (I2D) Lab, Global Engineering Programs, Purdue University
Location: West Lafayette, IN
Career Summary: A PhD from Purdue in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Anne has experience implementing projects and conducting research in the developing world and working in post-conflict areas. Her doctoral allowed her to explore the issues of water and food security in the MENA from the perspectives of technology, policy and governance, and public perception. She spent a significant period of her field work listening to the resource concerns of farmers and discussing their needs.
Area(s) of Expertise: Water/wastewater treatment and management, irrigation, water reuse, environmental conservation, international development, agricultural and engineering extension, international programs development and assessment
Education: PhD, Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Purdue University, Dissertation: Irrigation with treated wastewater: Potential and limitations
MS, Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Purdue University, Thesis: Assessment of global engineering competencies
BS, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, Senior Capstone: Water collection, treatment, and distribution for Al Nwai’mah, West Bank, Palestine
Language(s) Spoken: English, Modern Standard Arabic

Name of project: Colombia Farmer-to-Farmer
Implementing Partner: Purdue University
Duration of Assignment: 14 days
Volunteer Assignment and Impact: Anne provided training and technical assistance (field assessments and demonstrations) for local organizations and small producers of Meta Department, addressing the subject of sustainable wastewater managements for households, farms, and agricultural processes.

Anne’s assignment was fairly recent. She expects that sanitation-related recommendations will improve environmental and public health resulting in increased confidence in products marketed by the farm and improved quality of life indicators. Nutrient management-related recommendations can increase production and reduce food/fodder expenses.

Take-away messages/quotes: For Purdue, it was a great opportunity to have Anne do a F2F assignment. She is part of the Global Engineering Team (GEP), and the Purdue Water Community. The GEP already has many initiatives in Colombia with universities, and so the opportunity to link this team to on-the-ground actions and recommendations to promote greywater management in this area of Colombia, where water management and conservation is such a critical issue, has been gain for Purdue as well as the project beneficiaries.