The First Lady Welcomes Worldwatch 2011 Symposium Speakers to Washington DC

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Michelle Obama welcomes Sithembile Ndema to the White House. (Photo credit: WH gov)

Last week after the Worldwatch Institute’s 15th Annual State of the World 2011 Symposium at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC on January 19, 2011, two visiting panelists took a tour of the White House. It was the first time that Edward Mukiibi, co-founder and project coordinator of Developing Innovations in School Cultivation (DISC) project, from Uganda and Sithembile Ndema, Project Manager for the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), from Zimbabwe had been to the United States. There, in the Blue Room, in honor of the two year anniversary of the inauguration, Michelle Obama waited to greet them.  After shaking the First Lady’s hand, both Ndema and Mukiibi told her about the work they are doing with theater and school gardens to educate their communities about sustainable agriculture.

Michelle Obama welcomes Edward Mukiibi to the White House. (Photo credit: WH gov)

To learn more about Mukiibi and Ndema’s work, check out the Nourishing the Planet blog and read: How to Keep Kids ‘Down on the Farm,’Cultivating a Passion for Agriculture, Acting it Out for Advocacy and But Who Can Listen?: FANRPAN Launches Theater for Policy Advocacy Campaign in Rural Malawi.

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